As a biologist, my passion is to teach about and understand biological diversity. In my research I focus on the most successful terrestrial animals: insects. I focus on butterflies because they are a relatively well-known group of insects, are rich in diversity, and exhibit excellent visual examples of traits shaped by natural selection like crypsis, aposematism and mimicry.
In my lab we combine field work and natural history observations with laboratory studies investigating morphology and molecular markers to understand the patterns and processes involved in organismal diversification.
We are currently studying two butterfly systems in California and have many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student research on projects that involve conservation biology, molecular ecology, phylogeography, systematics, and ecology/evolution of mimicry. I welcome inquiries from students that are interested in pursuing a master's degree in Biology at University of the Pacific.
Please see my lab website for more information about me, and projects in my lab.
Ph.D. Integrative Biology, University of California–Berkeley 2008
M.A. Zoology, University of Texas–Austin 2003
B.S. Biology, University of Oregon 1997
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211