Current Research: I am working on identifying and characterizing genes that regulate diapause in two corn rootworm species, western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) and northern corn rootworm (Diabrotica barberi).
Prior Research: In almost all my academic journey I have worked with insects although my research interests and experience along the years have changed. In my Master degree I developed a model of accumulated degree-hours based on the growth rate of a fly species at constant temperatures and its use in forensic entomology. My PhD thesis work focused on understanding the factors responsible for maintaining the geographic distribution and the spatial variation in life history traits among populations of a fly species. I worked with species distribution modeling (niche modeling) and I examined the effect of different temperatures on development rate and survivorship, fecundity and body size and also cold and heat tolerance.