Scott Cinel

Scott CinelPh.D. Student
Email: cinel1@ufl.edu
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Nick Homziak

Nick HomziakPh.D. Student
Email: nhomziak@ufl.edu
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My research focuses on the taxonomy and systematics of moths in the family Erebinae. This subfamily is distributed globally and is most diverse in the tropics. Outside of the holarctic , these moths are poorly studied and few resources exist to identify them. Those resources that do are often cumbersome for non-experts to use. A recent phylogeny by Zahri et al. (2012) established strong support for relationships between the subfamilies of the Erebidae. Although this study is comprehensive, many of the relationships below the subfamily level are not well supported. I am exploring next generation sequencing techniques, specifically anchored hybrid enrichment to develop a robust tribal level phylogeny of this subfamily. Erebine moths possess some of the most sophisticated tympana (ears) within the lepidoptera, and many possess wing patterns hypothesized to startle predators when displayed. A well-supported phylogeny will facilitate future studies of the evolution and taxonomy of this interesting group of moths.


Juliette Rubin

girl taking photo of mothM.S. Student
Email: julietterubin@ufl.edu
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I study the evolution of elaborated traits, focusing on Lepidoptera. I am interested in understanding the evolutionary route and process by which traits emerge and how they are maintained by multi-predator communities and sexual selection. In Dr. Kawahara’s lab I am using behavioral and phylogenetic approaches to further explore specialized wing traits in Saturniidae, especially focusing on the Actias clade.

Lillian Hendrick

Lillian HendrickPh.D. Student
Email: lhendrick@ufl.edu

 

 


Amanda Markee

Image of Amanda Markee for bioMasters Student 
Twitter: @kkbugtime
Email: amarkee@floridamuseum.ufl.edu

I’m a full-time bug enthusiast interested in conservation genetics, population ecology, and evolution. I’m currently managing lab personnel for the Kawahara Lab and helping with molecular projects pertaining to phylogenetics, community ecology, and biogeography. Outside of my research, I am interested in science outreach in the context of museums, diversity in STEM and open access to science.