I am a biologist interested in biodiversity, including its cataloging and description (taxonomy), and processes that created it (speciation, phylogeny).
My focus has been primarily on ant diversity and evolution and in my research I combine field work, morphology, molecular phylogenetics, and comparative methods. I am also interested in computing and phylogeny estimation from high-throughput sequencing data.
Ants are the world’s most successful eusocial organisms. Long history, high species diversity, and extreme variety of life histories make them an excellent group in which many evolutionary questions can be addressed. See my Research page for more.
Currently I am an Assistant Professor at University of Idaho’s Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology department. I received my PhD from the University of California, Davis in 2016 and between 2016 and 2018 I worked as a postdoc with Dr. Christian Rabeling of the Social Insect Research Group at Arizona State University.