About me 

I am a PhD student in the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida, and I work in the Kawahara Lab of insect systematics at the Florida Museum of Natural History. I am interested improving our understanding of the diversity of butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), one of the largest groups of insects. My research focuses on the taxonomy and systematics of moths in the family Erebidae, one of the largest lepidopteran families with over 25,000 species. To date, I have largely focused on the subfamily Erebinae. My work consists of taxonomic studies describing diversity using morphological data and phylogenetic research informed by next-generation sequence data to better understand how this diverse and poorly understood group of moths evolved.