I’m a new Master’s student in the Garcia-Robledo Lab. I’ll be working on Hummingbird Flower Mites at La Selva research station in Costa Rica, specifically looking at how they interact with their host plants and the hummingbirds they hitchhike on. My personal interests range through a variety of topics within Biology, Ecology and Entomology. These include plant-insect interactions, pollinator biology, conservation, as well as climate change effects on organisms and their biodiversity.
My research interests focus on conservation biology and how to reduce anthropogenic consequences on the environment. Particularly, I am interested in studying how these effects cause changes in survival and adaptation in insects and other invertebrates, and how overall ecosystems are impacted by this.
I’m interested in plant and insect ecology, insect behavior, and natural history. For my dissertation at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, I studied shelter-building caterpillars and how they use shelters to control their interactions with host plants, natural enemies, and the abiotic environment. I am currently studying rolled-leaf beetles’ demographic and ecological responses to different temperatures.
TECHNICIANS – COSTA RICA
Gabriel has extensive experience in mass rearing of insects in the laboratory. Also, Gabriel worked during the last five years in many projects along the La Selva - Braulio Carrillo elevational gradient.
Reyder is currently supporting our projects at the La Selva - Braulio Carrillo elevational gradient. Reyder was previously involved in reforestation projects in the Sarapiqui - Costa Rica area.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS – UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
I'm interested in researching the phylogeny and morphology of arthropods, mollusks, and chordates. Currently, my interests and research pertain mostly to using entomology to study, and predict, shifts in weather patterns.
My research interests include plant and insect interactions, particularly pollination biology and the coevolution between plants and the insects that pollinate them. I am also interested in physiological adaptations to climate change and the impact of climate change on trophic interactions involving insects.