James A. Robertson
Ph.D. Student
Hometown: Provo, Utah

Dept. of Entomology
413 Biological Sciences Bldg.
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602 USA
Tel: (706) 542-6187
Fax: (706) 542-2279
Email: erotylid(at)gmail.com

 





 

Research Interests:

My research interests include higher-level phylogenetics of the diverse lineages of the beetle superfamily Cucujoidea. The goals of this research are to reconstruct a robust phylogeny for the major cucujoid lineages based on multiple independent data sets to:

1) identify major cucujoid lineages
2) specifically test the monophyly of the Cerylonid Series group and
----investigate its position relative to the other cucujoid taxa
3) investigate the internal relationships of the Cerylonid Series group
4) explore the evolution of host preference in light of our results.

We are currently working on compiling an extensive morphological and molecular (18S, 28S, 12S, and 16S rDNA, COII, and H3) data set for a broad taxonomic sampling of the major cucujoid lineages and outgroup taxa. The morphological component of this research is in collaboration with PEET collaborator Adam Slipinski (CSIRO), while the molecular component is in collaboration with PEET collaborators Michael Whiting (BYU) and Kelly Miller (BYU).


Education:

B.S. BYU 2002 (3.60/4.00 GPA)
Major:
Zoology with Entomology emphasis

Ph.D. In progress: University of Georgia-Athens.
Major: Entomology.  Major professor: Joseph V. McHugh.

   

 

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