I am an evolutionary biologist specialized in the biology of bees.
I am currently a pre-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in the lab of Seán Brady. My home institution is the Entomology Department of Cornell University, where I study the natural history of bees and wasps as a grad student in Bryan Danforth's lab. My research includes methodological studies on bioinformatics of phylogenomics and next generation sequence data. I also work on less code-intensive empirical studies, like the reconstruction of the evolutionary history of the large sweat bee subfamily Nomiinae. These are pretty cool and understudied bees!
You should also check out my colleague Elizabeth Murray's website!
October 14th 2018 – We have a new paper on the phylogeny of bees. We combined data from transcriptomes and ultraconserved elements (UCEs) to reconstruct the phylogeny of the largest bee family Apidae. It is again open access, so have a look at the MPE website or download the Pdf!
May 2018 – Last month I learned that I was awarded a 1-year pre-doctoral fellowship of the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP). I am going to study the evolution and diversification dynamics of solitary bees at the Natural History Museum in DC under the supervision of Seán Brady!
April 4th 2018 – Our new paper on the universality of UCE capture baits was recently published in MEE (Methods in Ecology and Evolution). It is open access so feel free to check it out online or download the Pdf!
January 25th 2018 – A few weeks ago, our Danforth-lab undergrad Erin Krichilsky left Cornell to work as a research assistant at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. Barro-Colorado Island looks awesome and you should really check out Erin’s blog!
July 24th 2017 – I just got back from the second ECN management workshop held at the Milwaukee Public Museum in Wisconsin. It was so cool! Read about it in my newest entry in the bee trips section. Thanks to the Entomological Society of America (ESA) for granting me a travel voucher!
April 30th 2017 – Good news, someone is no longer single: My colleague Seb Patiny from Belgium and I found the previously unknown male of Systropha macronasuta from Kenya. I will soon upload a photograph into the gallery!
April 4th 2017 – Our new MPE paper on GC bias in phylogenomic data sets is out. I can't tell how it happened but we were awarded as Editor's choice!