B.S. in Biological Science at The Florida State University 1996. Advisor Dr. Walter R. Tschinkel.
Ph.D. in Insect Science at The University of Arizona 2003. Advisor Dr. Diana E. Wheeler.
Postdoc in Insect Physiology and Molecular Biology at The Ohio State University 2004. Advisor Dr. David L. Denlinger.
I am broadly interested in the proximate physiological and biochemical mechanisms that underly the diversification of life histories. I take a comparative approach to life history physiology by studying physiological traits in closely-related species with divergent life histories and by studying life history plasticity within species. Life histories are essentially a series of resource allocation events. Intermediary metabolism is the underlying biochemical process by which resources are allocated to different pools within an organism including growth, maintenance, and reproduction. Therefore understanding how the timing and magnitude of resource allocation evolve requires an understanding of modifications to intermediary metabolism.
In addition to the metabolic basis of life history evolution, I am also broadly interested in how insects interact with their environment and physiological mechansims of environmental stress resistance.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family including my wife Jen, a Ph.D.-trained ecologist and science educator, and our two children Ben and Lily and all sorts of outdoors and food-related fun.