Areas of Expertise:
Bioinformatics, Epigenetics, Evolutionary Biology, Entomology
Solenopsis invicta and Ceratina calcarata
My research focusses on understanding the genetic and epigenetic underpinnings of social polymorphism in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta. We seek to understand which genetic and behavioral cues maintain the colony structures of these organisms in their North American range. Additionally, we implement a phylogenetics-based approach for understanding the evolution of epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in Hymenoptera.