As diverse as the biological world is, a large portion of species remain undiscovered and undescribed. As a biologist I am interested in discovering and describing this life before it is lost. Combining fieldwork, museum specimens and molecular phylogenetic methods I aim to understand the evolutionary history, phylogeography and systematics of bee flies. Current projects are aimed at developing a phylogenomic hypotheses for the Bombyliidae. I am also working on revising a few bee fly genera using a combination of species delimitation and integrative taxonomy.
Microbial Communities of Bombyliidae:
A growing interest in the field of evolutionary biology has been the study of host-associated microorganisms. Studies have shown that these microbial communities can influence a host’s behavior, digestion, development and even speciation. Current projects are aimed at understanding how bacterial communities influence host selection and diversification within bee flies.
Burns, M., Starrett, J., Derkarabetian, S., Richart, C. H., Cabrero, A., & Hedin, M. (2017). Comparative performance of double‐digest RAD sequencing across divergent arachnid lineages. Molecular Ecology Resources, 17(3), 418-430.
Starrett J, Derkarabetian S, Richart CH, Cabrero A, Hedin M 2016. A new monster from southwest Oregon forests: Cryptomaster behemoth sp. n. (Opiliones, Laniatores, Travunioidea). Zookeys, 555: 11-35. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.555.6274.
Honors and Awards
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Chancellor's Fellowship for Graduate Research
Rocca Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Advanced African Studies