Our laboratory investigates the evolution and diversity of invertebrates, especially the butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera).
We integrate many approaches, including phylogenomics, behavior, functional genomics, and biodiversity informatics to test hypotheses pertaining to the evolution of invertebrates, such as historical shifts in life histories, host-use evolution, caterpillar vibratory communication, and the evolution of hearing organs and bat evasion in nocturnal arthropods. 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.