Executive Director of the NCSU Genome Research Laboratory
2323 Gardner Hall
Box 7613, NCSU, Raleigh, NC USA 27695-7613
B.S. Loyola College (1985) M.S. University of Maryland (1989) Ph.D. University of Maryland (1994)
Research is aimed at inferring phylogenetic relationships in the order Diptera primarily from DNA sequence data. Identification of the origins and possible causes of major insect radiations with special emphasis on the effects of trophic specializations, such as phytopahgy and parasitism. Specific questions of interest involve the origin of the higher flies (Cyclorrhapha), the systematics and evolution of leafminer flies (Agromyzidae), and the phylogenetic placement of Diptera within the Panorpoid orders.
ENT 590 Molecular Systematics
ENT 590 Insect Natural History
ENT 690U Advanced Systematics
Coordinator for Diptera, "The Tree of Life" World Wide Web Site.
Principle Investigator FLYTREE-NSF Assembling Tree of Life, Diptera.