Tristan A. McKnight

Unido: 14.ago.2018 Última actividad: 05.ago.2021 iNaturalist

Yep, I'm a naturalist. More specifically, I focus on robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) and I'm currently working as an entomology professor in Arizona. Got my PhD in 2017, working on the robber fly genus Lasiopogon and other Stichopogoninae. I like other bugs too, but my main expertise is in flies, though I've also always been interested in mustelid mammals and herps. Most of my experience has been in North America (all over the continent, but especially Michigan, New York, and the Southwest) and central Asia (primarily Mongolia). I am fluent in English and Russian, and have survival Spanish.

My main interests are evolutionary biology (revisionary taxonomy and phylogenetics) and observational field ecology of robber flies. I'm fascinated by how asilids have diversified so much thanks in part to niche partitioning of perching behavior, phenology, etc. I've also been dabbling with rearing flies, mark-recapture studies (to investigate territoriality, lifespan, nocturnal behavior, etc), wing interference patterns, insect overwintering, and various other projects. Always interested in getting specimens of robber flies, and I'm also very grateful to the amazing artists who let me use their photos in my talks.

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