Major Professor: 
Education: 

B.S. Zoology, minor in Botany, University of Florida 2009

Research Projects: 

My research interests fall primarily within plant evolutionary ecophysiology. My current projects involve a variety of questions relating to physiological adaptation and convergent/divergent evolution, focusing mainly on the diverse genus Helianthus. I am principally interested in the evolution of functional traits, including leaf economics, leaf defenses, floral traits, flowering time, and biomass allocation. I am also interested in ontogenetic shifts in leaf traits, the genetic basis of functional traits, and the population genetics of imperiled endemic species.

Grant Support: 

• NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2014

• Florida Native Plant Society Conservation Grant, 2013

• Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant, University of Georgia, 2013

• Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant, University of Georgia, 2012

• Rosemary Grant Student Research Award, Society for the Study of Evolution, 2011

Of Note: 

• UGA Future Faculty Program, 2014-2015

• UGA Doctoral Dissertation Completion Award, 2014-2015

• UGA Amazing Student Award, 2013

• New Phytologist Poster Award, ESA Physiological Ecology Section, 2011

• NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention, 2011

• UGA Graduate School Assistantship, 2009-2011