Phasmatodea

Stick insects are a diverse and beautiful group of insects, but phylogenetic relationships among the major groups are virtually unknown. We are generating molecular data to better understand the evolution and diversification of this interesting group. A preliminary analysis of the molecular data suggests that wings have re-evolved in this group, and that the current classification is in need of further revision.

Lab personnel involved in research:
Michael Whiting
John Cherry
James Robertson

Outside Collaborators:
Sven Bradler