I am a graduate student in Dr. Kyle Wickings’ lab. I am interested in soil arthropod ecology and the role of microarthropods related to belowground carbon cycling as well as microarthropod effects on microbial communities in horticultural and agricultural systems.
Research Interests: I am interested in understanding how new morphological features develop and evolve to create the amazing diversity of forms we see in nature. Variations in morphology during evolution are the result of changes in regulatory programs during development. Thus, I want to focus on gene interactions specifically in the development of wing color patterns of Heliconius butterflies. My work should provide insights to understand what changes in developmental gene regulatory networks contribute to the formation of new phenotypes.