I am interested in the evolution and molecular mechanisms that underly plant-insect interactions. Specifically, I hope to ask what is the molecular basis of cross-species interactions and how has the evolution of these interactions shaped the diversity that we see today. I am currently studying Zamia cycads and their weevil pollinators and lepidopteran herbivores with Naomi Pierce and Robin Hopkins at Harvard University. This system is particularly interesting in their apparent species-specific pollinator interactions, highly toxic plant tissue, and threatened conservation statuses. I took a round about trip getting to graduate school which you can read a little bit about in my introduction blog post. I currently am the treasure of the Cambridge Entomological Club and am on the board of directors for the Cycad Society

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