The McKenna Lab

Insect Systematics, Genomics, Evolution & Diversity

Our Research...

  • We study insect evolution with a focus on beetles, insect-plant interactions, Insect biodiversity and endemism, and the evolution and genomic basis of plant-feeding.

  • We collect, analyze, and integrate data from individual genes and gene families, whole genomes, specimens preserved for morphology, and field studies of insects and their host plants and habitats.

  • In recognition of the accelerating impacts of habitat loss/degradation and climate change on biodiversity, many projects have conservation biological goals and implications.

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HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Have an idea for a collaborative project? Want to discuss the possibility of getting involved in an existing project? Contact Dr. McKenna

RECENT RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT

Gene content evolution in the arthropods; a summary from the Insect 5000 Genomes (i5k) Pilot Project... Check out our paper in Genome Biology.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS & POSTDOCS

Seeking a lab in which to pursue postdoctoral research or graduate studies?

Contact Dr. McKenna

CENTER FOR BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH (CBio)

CBio offers a wide range of opportunities in biodiversity science and education for researchers and students at the University of Memphis

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