I am a third year PhD student in University of Arizona's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department. As a member of the Dornhaus lab, I am interested in understanding the peripheral and central neural mechanisms of personality using eusocial hymenoptera (e.g. bees, wasps, ants). These insects live in colonies and exhibit a division of labor system among workers whereby each individual specializes in a task or a subset of tasks to maintain the colony. Task specialization thus represents a stable form of 'personality', which allows me to study its underlying mechanisms using the relatively simple nervous system of an insect.