I am intrigued by the origin and evolution of the stunning biodiversity on Earth. I'm interested in the historical as well as current processes that bring about patterns of diversity. I use a variety of molecular techniques (nextRAD, exon-capture, metabarcoding, as well as traditional sequencing) and analytical tools to reveal evolutionary processes governing patterns of diversity on different time scales. I currently work on various groups of diving beetles (Dytiscidae) in New Guinea studying topics such as population connectivity, phylogenetics and biogeography.
Research Interests / Specializations:
Population Connectivity, Biogeography, New Guinea Diving Beetles, Next Generation Sequencing
Populations connectivity of diving beetle in streams of New Guinea using nextRAD.
Phylogenetics and biogeography of a recently radiating genus of diving beetles (Philaccolilus) in West Papua.
Global phylogeny of Copelatinae diving beetles and their evolutionary history.