I am a Russian-American evolutionary biologist, though I have spend many years working in Japan, where I am also the head of the Ecology and Evolution Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. I am currently on a Future Fellowship at ANU.
My major research interests include using historical material to understand how evolution takes place and how complex phenotypes evolve. I am particularly fond of social insects as models, though I have worked on a variety of systems, from fruit flies to snakes, to coral. My current research intersts focus on understanding how organisms coevolve, particularly focusing on the interaction of hosts with parasites and diseases and also with beneficial microbes.