I joined the McGuire Center and Kawahara Lab in 2017 as an assistant scientist and non-tenure track faculty in the Department of Natural History at the Florida Museum. My day to day work includes project coordination, mentoring, outreach, and research in the fields of molecular ecology, population genetics, and bioinformatics.
My primary research interest is intra-species variation and the forces that drive and maintain it. I also enjoy learning about new molecular tools and adopting them for non-model system research. In the Kawahara lab, I combine these interests by using gene editing technologies to investigate the origins and diversity of silk use and production in butterflies and moths.