Research in the lab aims to understand the mechanisms behind the rapid speciation processes that produce high species richness in specific areas. Combining classical taxonomy with an array of modern molecular techniques, our research focuses in three main, complementary lines: (i) understanding to what extent geological factors drive speciation using islands as models, (ii) characterizing the morphological variation associated with rapid diversifications, and (iii) applying DNA metabarcoding and high-throughput sequencing to study the diversity of plants used by solitary bees.
June - Three of our undergraduate researchers were awarded the Creative Discovery and Research Award for Fall 2021! Congratulations to Abagail, Rachael, and Payton, well done!
April - Zach was awarded the NASA WVSGC Graduate Research Fellowship to fund his graduate research on the phylogenetics diversity of the Rosids clade in West Virginia. Congratulations Zach!
January - Abagail Parker and Rachael Caudill have joined the lab this Spring to do research on bees! Welcome!
Plants used by alfalfa leafcutter bees
This project aims to identify the diversity of plant species used by the solitary bee Megachile rotundata to construct their nests and feed their larvae.
Micromeria (Lamiaceae) in the Canary Islands
This project tries to understand the influence of the islands' geological history and inter-island colonization on the diversification of insular taxa using genus Micromeria (Lamiaceae) in the Canary Islands as an example.
Taxonomy of Calceolaria (Calceolariaceae)
Calceolaria is a diverse genus with ca. 250 species distributed from Central Mexico to Chile and Southern Argentina...