Research Interests: My research interests are broadly centered on questions relating to the biodiversity and systematics of beetles (Coleoptera), particularly darkling beetles; including revisionary taxonomy, biogeography, evolutionary ecology, speciation, and the integration of molecular and morphological data in phylogenetic studies. I am also part of a collaboration building the Coleoptera Anatomy Ontology.
Research Interests: My research interests focus on using molecular tools to infer phylogenetic relationships within the Tenebrionidae. For my dissertation I inferred the phylogeny of the family using 4 nuclear genes. I also conducted a preliminary phylogenomic analysis of the Pimeliinae using transcriptomic data. Currently I am working on developing additional genomic resources for Tenebrionidae including target capture probe sets in Asidini (Pimeliinae). I am also working on a phylogenomic study of the entire family to infer the early divergences in the family, which could not be resolved with PCR-derived datasets.
Research Interests: My research focus is the phylogenetic revision of the charismatic tenebrionid genus Edrotes, whose approximately half a dozen charismatic species inhabitant sand dunes systems in the southwest United States, and the creation of a modern, phylogenetically-informed classification of the tribe Edrotini.