Andrew Forbes


Research summary

Evolutionary ecology; speciation

I am interested in the origins and maintenance of insect diversity, with a focus on plant-feeding and parasitic insects. These organisms constitute the vast majority of animal species on Earth, but most tend to be small, relatively anonymous, and specialists on just one host species, and are therefore grossly understudied. I integrate traditional ecological experimentation with molecular genetic techniques and evolutionary theory to investigate the evolution of these charismatic but under-appreciated taxa.

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Research areas
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
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PhD, University of Notre Dame

University of Iowa
434A Biology Building (BB)
129 East Jefferson Street
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States