I am a fifth year graduate student in the Farrell Lab, Harvard University. I am broadly interested in the biology and evolution of beetles (Order Coleoptera) with special emphasis on the cause of their unique mega-biodiversity, most famously remarked by J.B.S. Haldane as the Creator’s apparent “inordinate fondness for beetles" (Hutchinson, 1959).

My research focuses on understanding the evolutionary mechanism underlying the adaptive radiation of longhorn beetles in the tribe Solenopterini (Cerambycidae: Prioninae) among the Caribbean Islands.

As an undergraduate at Harvard, I studied the systematics and biogeography of stag beetles (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) with a particular focus on the southern hemisphere lineages whose disjunct distribution suggested for the possibility of their vicariance following the continental break-up of Gondwana.

* Hutchinson, G.E. (1959) Homage to Santo Rosalia or Why Are There So Many Kinds of Animals? The American Naturalist 93: 145–159.

  • Solenopterine radiation in the Caribbean

    The prionine tribe Solenopterini may represent a novel example of adaptive radiation in the Caribbean. Images by Kim and Pirkl.

  • Solenoptera bilineata

    Solenoptera bilineata (Fabricius, 1775)

    from Puerto Rico

  • Elateropsis trimarginatus (Cazier & Lacey, 1952)

    The holotype specimen of E. trimarginatus from Inagua, Bahamas. Depository: Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

  • Solenoptera furfurosa (Galileo and Martins, 1993)

    from the Dominican Republic

  • Callipogon proletarium Lameere, 1904

    from Puerto Rico. Depository: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

  • Callipogon proletarium Lameere, 1904

    A pupa and a female adult following emergence - from Puerto Rico

  • M_callidioides

    Monodesmus callidioides (Audinet-Serville, 1832)

    from Cuba

  • Psephactus remiger (Harold, 1879)

    A pupa and a pair soon after emergence - from Jejudo (Is.), South Korea