Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022
Hi and welcome!
I completed my PhD in the Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, & Evolution at Oklahoma State University with Dr. Mark Fishbein in 2017, 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 (generally) flat on the ground, have 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.
Since then, I've been working on species description, phylogenomics, and population/conservation genomics in Australian Solanum and local rare/threatened plants in Pennsylvania as a part of my position as the Burpee Postdoctoral Fellow in the Martine Lab at Bucknell University from 2017-2019. At present, I work at the Chicago Botanic Garden with Norm Wickett on Hawaiian Schiedea genomics, evolution, and conservation.
On this site you can find info about me and a blog, where I try to post updates and news. I am always happy to answer any questions about my research or discuss potential collaborations! My contact information is above.