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Karl Magnacca

Postdoctoral Researcher

My focus in this project is on the endemic Hawaiian Drosophilidae.  I have worked in insect evolution, ecology, and conservation biology in Hawaii since 1994, starting at the USGS–BRD Kilauea Field Station at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  I received my Ph.D. in insect systematics in 2005 from Cornell University, based on my study of the evolution of the Hawaiian native Hylaeus yellow-faced bees.  My postdoctoral work has included studies on barcoding in Hylaeus and other bees, and the systematics of the Hawaiian Drosophila radiation.  My primary interests are in evolution, systematics, taxonomy, and conservation of insects, particularly Diptera and Hymenoptera.