Graduate student in the Animal Flight Laboratory
I am fascinated with the design of small flight-capable animals. My research interests concern the biomechanics that enables exceptional locomotor behavior, and incorporates a diverse range of approaches including evolutionary morphology, highspeed videography and energetics. Specifically, I am studying the flight performances of the cosmopolitan mosquito Aedes aegypti with and without blood meals. Taking advantage of body size variation and a wide geographical distribution, we are examining flight performance with a blood meal and how this changes in response to environmental challenge. I am also examining the morphological diversity within a single population and comparing it to the morphological diversity among multiple mosquito species.