Botanist studying ecology & evolution
I am currently an assistant professor in Biology at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Go BluGolds! My research here focuses on plant evolution and hybridization, including perennial species of sunflowers (Helianthus) of the Upper Midwest, poplar (Populus) distributed across North America, and Protea in South Africa!
We recently received an NSF BRC-BIO award for ~$294,000 to continue research on Protea! "Understanding the Role of Species Interactions in Evolutionary Radiations Through the Evolution of Non-flying Mammal Pollination in the Iconic Plant Genus Protea"
Our team is featured in this article in the Eau Claire Leader Telegram "Sunflower summers draw young researchers"
I did a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Ken Whitney's Lab at the University of New Mexico studying adaptive evolution and hybridization. I completed my Ph.D. in Dr. Kent Holsinger's lab at the University of Connecticut, working as part of an NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity project investigating plant diversity in the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa.
Check out my Skype a Scientist LIVE session talking about plants here!
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