Andrew Forbes

Andrew Forbes
Associate Professor of Biology & Academic Coordinator of UI Environmental Science Program
B.A. Biology, Colgate University (minor in Philosophy)
Ph.D. Evolutionary Biology, University of Notre Dame
(319) 335-3006

My research interests revolve around the central question: why are insects so astoundingly diverse?  There are more species of insect on Earth than any other type of animal, and as strange as it is to say, we still don't have any good consensus as to how many insect species there actually are. Insects, particularly parasitic wasps, are small, often mophologically cryptic, and poorly studied compared with other animal taxa. I study the evolution, ecology, behavior, and taxonomy of many different insect species, with an eye to understanding the patterns and processes underlying their diversity.