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Our laboratory investigates the evolution and diversity of invertebrates, especially the butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera).

The Kawahara lab uses phylogenomics, behavior, and community sequencing approaches and links them with collection-based museum data to understand patterns of insect evolution and diversity. Many of our current projects use collections-based museum specimen data for systematic research. We also tie our work to biogeography and conduct comparative genomics to identify genes that are responsible for particular traits or behaviors. Our large-scale projects are funded through multiple basic and applied research grants.