In my DPhil research I investigate the evolution and biomechanics of sound-producing and vibrational organs in hemipteran insects (cicadas, stink bugs and their allies). I use state-of-the art technologies such as synchrotron CT scanning, laser Doppler vibrometry and high-speed cameras to study the morphological, behavioural and mechanical adaptations that allow these insects to communicate with non-acoustic vibrations, which the human ear cannot perceive. My research also examines fossil species, in an attempt to shed light on the origins and dynamics of different modes of communication in small animals.
Other areas of expertise include insect taxonomy, systematics, biogeography and evolutionary biology. I'm also interested in ethnobiology and communicating science to the public.