Associate Professor of Entomology and Nematology
Remember collecting fireflies as a kid?
Marc Branham never stopped.
He’s been studying the evolution of insect mating systems for two decades, most often the beetle family Lampyridae.
His research looks at the evolution of behavior—bioluminescent signals —as well as the morphological structures associated with the insects’ mating systems.
To do that research, he’s even resorted to creating a computer-driven robotic firefly to mimic species’ flashing patterns.