Doctoral work focused on the use of DNA based methods for molecular taxonomic studies of populations and species complexes, specifically the Bactrocera dorsalis (Oriental fruit fly) species complex that consists of over 50 described species, some of which are major agricultural pests. Many of them cannot be easily or accurately identified using traditional taxonomic methods so the use of molecular approaches based on DNA analysis may help to augment existing tools for identification purposes.
Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
M.S., Biomedical Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
B.A., Liberal Studies (Health Sciences), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Molecular Population Genetics