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Welcome to the Bee Lab @ UNH


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. We are looking for motivated students and postdocs to work on behavioral ecology and comparative genomics. More information is provided in the new lab website. Please send me an email if you are interested in working with me.

The lab research focuses on social evolution and genetics. We are mostly interested in the origin of social behavior and combine comparative genomics, life history evolution, behavioral ecology, population genetics and molecular phylogenetics to answer questions on the ecological constraints and genetic underpinnings selecting for social behavior.

The bee lab is hiring! If you are interested in undergraduate, graduate, or postdoc research opportunities please send me an email. We have both local and international field work as well as lab based molecular genetics training and collaboration to offer. We have exciting projects in bee biodiversity, molecular phylogeny and comparative genomics in the works and I am keen to discuss potential research projects with you!

I completed my PhD at Brock University, Canada in collaboration with Flinders University, Australia. This work largely focused on the small carpenter bees, genus Ceratina (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Carpenter bees are found on all continents except Antarctica making them an interesting system to study historical biogeography. I also have experience working with sweat bees (Hymenoptera: Halictidae) and allodapines bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) which are also wonderful model systems to ask questions on sociobiology and biogeography.

As a Short Term Research Fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute I had the opportunity to study Neotropical carpenter bees. This research aimed to contrast the social behavior of Ceratina species in lowland versus highland, rain forest versus cloud forest, and urban versus undisturbed landscapes. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania my research examined colony level gene regulation and social networks in bee and ant societies. This work combines insights from gene regulatory networks and quantitative genetics to study the evolution of complex traits.