Postdoctoral Fellow

Chicago Botanic Garden

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I use this space to post short updates about my work and the like. If there's anything you'd like to see or ask me about, feel free to leave a comment here. You can also tweet me @angelajmcd.

My first phylogeny of Gonolobinae is published!

By Angela, Jun 26 2018 08:38PM

It's been a long time in the making, but I can finally say that my first first-authored phylogeny paper was published in April (I know, I'm late!). I'm still so happy it's out, and excited to be working on the next milkweed vine phylogeny installment, to be submitted for publication sometime later this year.

You can find the article in Systematic Botany here:

I just paid the page charges for the article today (no open access, unfortunately) and that reminded me I should make a short post here on the blog about the article. It's a nice small phylogeny that represents a lot of blood, sweat, and tears on my end of things. I couldn't be happier that it's finally out for everyone to read.

So, I am still excited about this one and I still have more exciting milkweed work to come.

Speaking of exciting milkweed work, I was also fortunate to work with my PhD supervisor and some colleagues on another paper about Apocynaceae phylogenomics that was more recently published in the American Journal of Botany. The link for that is here: (and it IS open access. Thanks Shannon!)

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