My research interests encompass the systematics, evolutionary ecology and biogeography of insects, particularly ants. Ants fascinate me because of their extreme functional, morphological and phylogenetic diversity, and their complex social structure and countless intriguing associations with other organisms. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, I use molecular and particularly next-generation sequencing methods and phylogenomic data sets to investigate the following research topics in ant evolution and ecology:

  • Timescale, patterns and mechanisms of species diversification in ants, particularly with regard to co-evolutionary systems
  • Diversity and ecology of tropical canopy ants, particularly nesting behaviors and niche partitioning
  • Phylogenetics, biogeography and taxonomy of ants, with a focus on the evolution and species diversity of the genus Crematogaster in the Afrotropical region
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