Through biodiversity and evolution studies, my goal as a biologist is to understand patterns of life forms, aid the conservation of rare species, aid the control of ecologically and economically impactful pests, and raise public awareness of these issues. My current dissertation delves into how bark beetles specialize on plants, which involves looking into the genomics of these insects to assess genes associated with finding plants.
During a long-term study in Hawaii, I explored the seasonal population fluctuations of bark beetles. While there I also analyzed host selection of fig-pollinating wasps. While working at the Royal Alberta Museum in Canada, I identified multitudes of mites in a broad-scale long-term project to assess environmental stability. Both in Alberta and in Hawaii, I discovered and described species that were new to science. To increase public awareness about various ecological issues I saw, I published articles in Natural History, American Forests, and Earth Island Journal among others.