Research Interests: My primary interests are in chemical ecology, particularly olfaction, insect chemical communication. My project involves the investigation of the immediate basis for olfactory-mediated host and non-host differentiation by phytophagous insects so that we can better explain how specialist and generalist species differ in the way they process host odors in a 'chemically noisy' environment, and evolve from one extreme to another.
I am primarily interested in bee biology and systematics. For my Ph.D. at Cornell University, I would like to continue studying bees under the supervision of Prof. Bryan Danforth. I am particularly interested in the phylogeny of bees, e.g. in the phylogeny of the nearly cosmopolitan bee family Andrenidae. In this context, I would also like to study the evolution of host-plant associations in this group. Further I am interested in the deeper splits within the Anthophila (=bees) and their relationship to the Crabronidae.