I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience and Center for Insect Science at the University of Arizona, in the lab of Dr. John Hildebrand. I am studying how the insect brain processes olfactory information from the antennae; see the research section for a little more about my work. I am supported on a fellowship here through the Center for Insect Science's program of Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching. The goal of the program is to train PhDs to be good teachers as well as good scientists, and so I am also an adjunct professor at Pima Community College, where I will teach a course in biotechnology.
During my doctoral research, I studied in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the lab of Dr. Lawrence Hanks. Like most of the past and present students in this lab, my research focused on longhorned beetles. I elected to work on the molecular biology of these insects in addition to chemical ecology, and so I also studied in the lab of Dr. Hugh Robertson. While at Illinois I described several pheromones of longhorned beetles and identified odorant receptors in the antennae that were sensitive to these chemicals.
I also work in web and graphic design on the side. I created several websites at the University of Illinois and recently designed the website of the International Society of Chemical Ecology. If this sounds interesting, you can see some of my portfolio under the Web Design section. I minored in computer science as an undergraduate at Duke University, but I found that I get tired of writing code very quickly. I do try to keep my skills up to date and I still write a lot of bioinformatics scripts. If you find yourself in need of anything in perl, PHP, Java, or C++/C#, let me know and I'll see what I can do.
When I manage to have a life outside academics, I enjoy camping, hiking, photography, video games, and baking giant insect-shaped cookies. I also enjoy spending time with my lovely wife, who is unbelievably tolerant of the frozen insects that fill our freezer.