David Hembry

Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Email: hembry@email.arizona.edu
Website: davidhembry.wordpress.com
Phone(lab): +1-520-626-9315
P.O. Box: 210088
Tucson, AZ 85721

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I am broadly interested in the evolution of biotic interactions, and the consequences of these interactions for the evolution of lineages and clades. Species interactions encompass many of the major problems in evolutionary biology, and my work targets three specific areas of active inquiry in the field: (1) mechanisms of speciation and diversification in coevolving interactions; (2) the use of phylogenetic and network approaches to ask questions about the evolution of specialists and generalists; and (3) understanding the evolutionary consequences of the transition between mutualism and parasitism. I pursue these questions primarily through empirical work on brood pollination interactions between leafflower plants in the genus Phyllanthus sensu lato (including Glochidion and Breynia; Phyllanthaceae) and pollinating leafflower moths in the genus Epicephala (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae). My work integrates evolutionary phenomena across multiple scales in a strong phylogenetic and comparative context, and I collaborate actively with bioinformaticians, theoreticians, and chemical ecologists.