Senior Lecturer, Biology Instructional Office, College of Natural Sciences
Dr. Abbott is studying the taxonomy, diversity and biology of the Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies), primarily in North America and the New World Tropics. His research focuses on the diversity of Odonata in the south central U.S., with particular emphasis on (sub)tropical species extending their ranges northward into the U.S. through the Lower Rio Grande Valley. He is also interested in issues of stream assessment and health as determined by the aquatic invertebrate fauna in the streams in and around Austin. Ongoing projects in his lab include faunal surveys of the macrobenthic fauna of these streams.
Identification and systematics of insects; Biological diversity; dragonfly/damselfy biogeography; population and evolutionary ecology of aquatic insects; systematics of lamellicorn beetles (Scarabaeidae: Lucanidae, Passalidae)