Location: University of Illinois at Chicago
Office: 3357 SES
Phone: Still working on it
Email: ahallo2 (at) uic (dot) edu
I am Abdel halloway, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago working under Dr. Joel Brown. I am interested in mathematical and theoretical ecology and evolution, specifically evolutionary ecological dynamics and the evolution of group behavior. I am currently looking at the distribution of evolutionarily convergent families to see how their adaptations create biogeographical patterns across continental scales. The study families for this work include the hawkmoths (Sphingidae), hummingbirds (Trochilidae), and sunbirds (Nectariniidae).
Future research is to include the study of decision making in a caching rodent species. I will be studying the rodents to determine if they suffer from the Concorde fallacy, a fallacy in which previous non-recoverable investments are factored into future decisions. Potential research may include studying adaptive speciation in a specialist vs. generalist species. I plan to use the green peach aphid, Myzus persicae, and a related species to understand how the difference in adaptations may drive evolution.
This website contains a more in depth discussion of the research I am doing and interested in, a list of all publications and presentations, a host of links that I find relevant, and a full CV. The links below will give you further information