I am an M.S. entomology student interested in the taxonomy and systematics of aquatic moths (Crambidae: Acentropinae). My research pertains to creating the first molecular phylogeny of Acentropinae to help further understand their biology and evolutionary history. I am also a recipient of the McGuire Graduate Research Assistantship, and am responsible for assisting with the curation of Pyraloidea and other Lepidoptera in the MGCL collections.
I graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s in biology. There, I researched aquatic insects associated with Podostemaceae from Central and South America. This also led to an internship at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where I identified the Lepidoptera associated with Podostemaceae. I also conducted research identifying Haemaphysalis ticks collected off songbirds in search of the Asian longhorned tick.
Bethin, J., R.K. Krell, and C.T. Philbrick. 2022. New arthropod-Podostemaceae associations in Central and South America. ZooKeys 1129: 45-54.
Bethin, J., M.A. Solis, and R.K. Krell. 2021. The undiscovered frontier of aquatic moth caterpillars on riverweeds. News of the Lepidopterists’ Society 63: 143-146.
I am a passionate biologist interested in entomology, molecular biology, physiology, genetics, and bioinformatics. My research thus far has centered around different arthropod taxa, focusing on questions associated with the development of adaptations. Currently, I am working with moths and their ability to sequester toxins from plants.
I am a Ph.D. student studying ecology and genetics of the Loammi skipper (Atrytonopsis loammi), an imperiled Florida butterfly. The Loammi skipper once ranged across much of the southeastern U.S. but has faced significant declines in the past century, resulting in only a small number of remaining disjunct populations in Florida. My research will focus on conservation genetics and ecology of these disjunct populations with the goal to inform management and aid recovery.
I am interested in the evolution of complex traits used in anti-predatory defenses. Specifically, my research focuses on the evolution and efficacy of conspicuous coloration and patterns such as eyespots, used in deimatic displays. I am using an integrated approach of phylogenetics, genomics, and AI to provide a better understanding of these traits and their evolution.
My research focuses on the influence that predators have on the physiology and life-history traits (i.e. developmental, reproductive, etc.) of their prey, through what are called ‘non-consumptive effects’ or what I like to refer to as predator-induced stress responses. For my masters and doctoral work, I have specifically studied how moths equipped with ultrasound-sensitive ears respond physiologically to hearing playback of recorded bat foraging and attack calls and have used gene expression experiments to identify the genetic machinery underlying this predator-induced stress response in the brains and reproductive tissues of adult corn earworm moths.
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.
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.
I graduated from New College of Florida with a B.A in Biology in the spring of 2019. My previous research involved the conservation of an imperiled South Florida butterfly, the Florida Duskywing skipper, using molecular markers as a genetic tool for assessing three known populations. Another research project I previously worked on involved a taxonomic revision of a rare genus of assassin fly, Microphontes (Londt, 1994), in which we described four new species from Namibia and South Africa.