|I am fascinated by the biogeography and taxonomy of butterflies.
Currently, I am interested in the evolution of toxic milkweed butterflies in the genus Euploea. Found across the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia, Euploea features both wide-ranging and island-endemic species, which serve as models and mimics in Batesian and Müllerian mimicry complexes with a high degree of geographic variability.
The phylogeny of the genus is not well understood, and after resolving it through genetic sequencing and analysis, I am interested in investigating the role of biogeography in the evolution of morphological, behavioral, and chemical traits within the group. I am especially interested in determining how each of these can potentially improve understanding of the taxonomy of the group, and inform taxonomic thought in general.
|2013 - ||Ph.D. in Biology (EEB) (The Graduate Center at CUNY)|
|2007 - 2011||A.B. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (Harvard University)|
|SELECTED RESEARCH EXPERIENCE|
|2009 - 2010||Research Assistant, Harvard University
Advisor: Dr. Naomi Pierce
|GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS|
|Summer 2010||Museum of Comparative Zoology Grant in Undergraduate Research|
|Summer 2009||Office of International Programs Summer Travel Grant
|SELECTED WORK EXPERIENCE|
|2012 - 2013||Curatorial Assistant, Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany, Cambridge, MA|
|2011||Collections Assistant, Lepidoptera Collection, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, MA|