I am interested in the evolution of life history traits, specifically patterns of generalist vs. specialist diets. My dissertation is focused on examining the physiological adaptations of the squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, to its specialist diet, using chemical analysis and transcriptomic tools.
I am interested in chemical communication in bi and tri-trophic interactions between plants and insects. In particular, i am interested in how invasive species interact with organisms in their novel range and how this can lead to rapid evolution. My research combines mathematical modeling and empirical studies.