Selected Publications

Please see my CV for a full list of publications and manuscripts.

. Virus discovery in all three major lineages of terrestrial arthropods highlights the diversity of single-stranded DNA viruses associated with invertebrates. PeerJ (Accepted), 2018.


. Phylogenetics of moth-like butterflies (Papilionoidea: Hedylidae) based on a new 13-locus target capture probe set. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 2018.

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. Alternative preservatives of insect DNA for citizen science and other low-cost applications. Invertebrate Systematics, 2015.

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Additional & ongoing projects include: high-throughput sequencing of arthropod communities from bat poop and using environmental DNA to survey population structure in rare or threatened species.


We are producing a complete species-level butterfly phylogeny, the first of any major insect clade, that will let us organize the approximately 18,800 butterfly species according to their evolutionary relationships. The resulting tree can then be integrated with data on geographic distributions, host plant associations, and other life history traits, collected and compiled from digitized field guides and online resources.

Moth and Butterfly Silks

This a new project where we are using gene editing to screen for shared function and origins of silk protein coding genes in moths and butterflies.

What is a species?

What is a species in clonal or inbreeding systems? I studied the global correlation between morphological species identity, geography, and genomic population structure in a complex of tiny beetles. These insect pests are highly inbred, globally distributed, and morphologically cryptic, which has hampered the development of a usable and justifiable definition of species.


Please see my CV for past teaching and education experience.

I am a teaching instructor for the following courses at University of Florida:

FOR6934: Molecular Forest Entomology (3 credits),

Data Managent Seminar, offered Fall 2019, stay tunned for details

Currently, I lead the following educational outreach activities:

Florida Museum Junior Volunteers Summer Program - “Extract your own DNA”

Florida Museum ButterflyFest - “Butterfly Collections: An Introduction and Digitization”


  • Florida Museum, 3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, Florida, 32611, USA