The McKenna Lab
Insect Systematics, Genomics, Evolution & Diversity
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.