The primarily alpine-arctic herbaceous plant genus Micranthes (Saxifragaceae) is found in the mountains of Asia, Europe, and North America. Micranthes are a model group for investigating broad patterns of plant migration and diversification in mountainous and arctic areas worldwide and is an excellent candidate for answering large-scale biogeographic questions.
To assess the systematics, taxonomy, and historical biogeography of this group, this research project is multidimensional. It will include extensive fieldwork worldwide and international collaborations to obtain plant material; chromosome counts and cell quantification through flow cytometry; next generation sequencing; phylogenetic and dating analyses; and distribution and character trait reconstructions.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the biology department at University of Florida and Florida Museum of Natural History co-advised by Nico Cellinese and Doug Soltis. I love all things botany - from keying plants in the field to teaching the Plant Taxonomy lab to DNA extractions from leaf tissue. I have an affinity for mountains and their floras and subsequently my research has taken me to some amazing places.