Andrew Forbes, Ph.D.

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Andrew Forbes
PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2008
Email: Phone:
(319) 335-3006
Lab Phone:
(319) 335-1086
434A Biology Building
129 East Jefferson St., Iowa City, IA 52242-1324
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Research Areas

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.