Matthew J Medeiros

 
 

My main research interests include:


  1. 1. Evolution of insect flightlessness:  Why did some insects lose the ability to fly, given that it seems like such a useful trait?

  2. 2. Biogeography of the Hawaiian & Pacific Lepidoptera:  How and when did these insects come to colonize such a remote area of the world?

  3. 3. Phylogenetics and biodiversity of Lepidoptera:  What are the evolutionary relationships between moth species, and what new species have yet to be discovered and described?


Some of my current projects include:

1.  Teaching at the Urban School of San Francisco.  Classes I teach include biochemistry, biology, genetics, and entomology.


2.  Being postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley, working on the phylogeography and alpha taxonomy of Hawaiian moths.  In particular, I am now focusing on those from the uninhabited island of Kaho’olawe, as well as those from the genus Carposina.  I also work developing strategies for conservation of Hawiian insects.


3.  Acting as a research associate at the Smithsonian (US National Museum), working on a large taxonomic revision of of New World Adelidae moths.


4.  Working on the “Drunken Monkey” hypothesis regarding the evolutionary origin of ethanol consumption.  I work with Robert Dudley of UC Berkeley on this project. 


Ph.D., UC Berkeley.


Affiliations:

UC Berkeley


The Urban School of San Francisco


Contact me:

matt.j.medeiros at gmail dot com







photo by B. Ploger