How do organisms adapt to their environment?
My research seeks at understanding how life history evolution and phenotypic adaptation lead to lineage diversification through an integration of evolutionary, ecological, physiological, and developmental approaches.
How did life history and phenotypic evolution contribute to lineage co-diversification between insects and their host plants?
What key developmental, physiological and epigenetic mechanisms affect life history traits?
Using scale insects and mealybugs as primary system, as well as Drosophila melanogaster, I explore the following themes:
- Patterns of life history evolution and phenotypic adaptation to plants
- Reconciling neontology and paleontology and building a robust phylogenetic framework
- Patterns of phenotypic evolution with associations to host plants
- Proximate mechanisms underlying life history evolution: from genotype to phenotype
- Genetic and developmental mechanisms of sex-specific nutritional plasticity in Drosophila
- Individual variation of Sexual Size Dimorphism and Sex Specific Plasticity
- Developmental mechanisms regulating Sex Specific Plasticity