School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida
Research SummaryI am primarily interested a huge group of tiny beetles bark beetles known as Cryphalini, or the pygmy borers. They live all over the world, with over 700 species known. Among them are many different behaviors, some have unusual mating systems some have taken to fungus farming. Some have become serious pests, causing hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars worth of damage to crops such as coffee, mangoes and nuts. Yet, perhaps because of their small size and elusive nature, they have been poorly studied. Their taxonomy, and the resources to identify them are patchy, confusing and dated. I will use a suite of modern techniques to better understand this group; to resolve the confusion of the Cryphalini genera, to develop user-friendly resources to facilitate the study of this group, and to find out the evolutionary history of all the weird and wonderful things that the pygmy borers do.
- Molecular phylogenetics of Cryphalini
- Develop keys for Cryphalini of the United states
Short Bio & Education
- 2013-present: Graduate Student. School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida
- 2011-2012: Masters by Research in Entomology, Imperial College London.
- 2007-2010: BSc(Hons) Zoology. The University of Manchester, UK.