I am a PhD candidate 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 focuses on longhorned beetles. In a daring move I elected to work on the molecular biology of these insects in addition to straightforward chemical ecology, and as such I also work in the lab of Dr. Hugh Robertson. So far things seem to be progressing well; see the research section for a little more about what I do.
I'm also active in graphics and web design. I created and currently maintain the department's website, the site of the Entomology Graduate Students Association, and several others. If you'd like, you can see some of my portfolio under the Web Design section. I minored in computer science at Duke, 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 the occasional program or two. If you find yourself in need of perl scripts or Java/C# executables then 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 loving wife, who is unbelievably tolerant of the frozen insects that fill our freezer.