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I'm a biologist interested in biodiversity, including its cataloging and description (taxonomy), and processes that created it (speciation, phylogeny).
My focus is primarily on ant diversity and evolution, and in my research I combine field work, morphology, molecular phylogenetics, and comparative methods. I'm also interested in best practices in phylogeny estimation from next-generation sequencing data and in computational biology.

Ants are the world's most successful eusocial organisms. Long history, high species diversity, and extreme variety of life histories make them an excellent group in which many evolutionary questions can be addressed. I have published on ant systematics, morphology, and evolution.


I got my MSc degree in 2009 at the Department of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Taxonomy at the University of Wroclaw, Poland and currently I'm a PhD candidate in The Ward lab at UC Davis, California.










My ant collections from California to date: