The McKenna Lab
Insect Systematics, Genomics, Evolution & Diversity
We study the phylogeny and evolution of beetles and other insects with a focus on insect-plant interactions, diversity and endemism, and the evolution and genomic basis of plant-feeding.
We collect, analyze, and integrate data from genomes, morphology, and field studies.
In recognition of the accelerating impacts of habitat loss/degradation and climate change on biodiversity, many projects have conservation biological goals and implications.