The Abbot Lab interests
Biological complexity describes, in brief, the observation that the natural world is composed of organisms that exhibit both intricate adaptations and extraordinary diversity.
Understanding adaptation and diversity is basically what interests me. I am interested in social and symbiotic interactions, and plant-insect interactions in particular. Evolution provides the framework, and I draw on fields ranging from genetics and molecular biology to ecology and behavior for both techniques and inspiration.
Whenever possible, I study non-model organisms with (to me!) fascinating natural histories, many of which have or soon will have various genomic resources at hand.
I strongly believe in the value of integrating across disciplines in scientific discovery, and in the numerous benefits of collaboration.
2019/2020: I am currently serving as a rotating program officer at NSF, in Behavioral Systems in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems