My research broadly encompasses the biodiversity and evolution of bees. My PhD thesis largely focuses on two main areas: the taxonomy and systematics of the bee tribe Perditini (Andrenidae) and the evolution of host plant use in bees. More recently, my focus has expanded to include bee behavior and conservation.
I focus mainly on the bees in Perditini (which contains the genera Perdita and Macrotera) because they are comprised largely of pollen specialists, providing a natural laboratory to understand the adaptations of different species to their host plants. In particular, I explore the interaction between specialization and host plant use at two different points: when bees initially gather pollen and when they transport it back to the nest.
Select the links below to look at some specific areas of my research.