Department of Biology
1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Hi and welcome!
I completed my PhD in the Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, & Evolution at Oklahoma State University with Dr. Mark Fishbein, where I focused on systematics, taxonomy, and evolution of the largest radiation of milkweeds in the New World, or the milkweed vine subtribe Gonolobinae. I'm specifically intrigued by Matelea subgenus Chthamalia because of their adaptations to aridity. These plants are (mostly) flat on the ground, have very small flowers, and are covered with trichomes. I used a genomic dataset to reconstruct the evolutionary history and answer some questions about how different morphologies evolved to preliminarily assess their ecological significance.
I also work on species description, phylogenomics, and population/conservation genomics in Australian Solanum and local rare/threatened plants in Pennsylvania as a part of my current position as the Burpee Postdoctoral Fellow in the Martine Lab in the Biology Department at Bucknell University.
On this site you can find info about me, including a cv and related information as well as images. I also have a blog, where I try to post updates and news.
I am always happy to answer questions about my research or discuss potential collaborations! My contact information is above.