I am a fifth-year Ph.D. 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 ecological success of longhorned beetles in the genus Anoplophora (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae) at the genomic level. Other research project includes studying the adaptive radiation of diurnal longhorned 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.

  • A_macularia_live_Taiwan

    Anoplophora macularia (Thomson, 1865)

    A male resting on Citrus sp. in Miaoli, Taiwan

  • A_horsefieldii_Taiwan_live

    Anoplophora horsfieldii (Hope, 1842)

    A female resting on the trunk of Acer sp. in Baling, Taiwan

  • A_glabripennis_Korea_live

    Anoplophora glabripennis (Motschulsky, 1853)

    An invasive population of Anoplophora glabripennis infesting horse-chestnut trees (Aesculus sp.) in Seoul, Korea

  • Anoplophora_freyi_China

    Anoplophora freyi (Breuning, 1946)

    from Hunan, China

  • Anoplophora_elegans_Vietnam

    Anoplophora elegans (Gahan, 1888)

    from Bac Giang, Northern Vietnam

  • 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

  • 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