Education: 

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

Research Projects: 

My current research interests involve questions of physiological adaptation and convergent/divergent evolution, focusing on the Helianthus genus. I am principally interested in functional leaf trait trade-offs, and how leaf trait relationships vary among closely related species in response to contrasting habitats. I am primarily using the phylogenetic comparative approach to answer such questions, specifically to parse out the relative effects of adaptation and evolutionary baggage. I am also interested in population genetics, specifically how disturbance and range size affects diversity and genetic structure in imperiled endemic species relative to common congeners.

Grant Support: 
  • 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: 
  • Rosemary Grant Student Research Award, Society for the Study of Evolution, 2011
  • New Phytologist Poster Award, ESA Physiological Ecology Section, 2011
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention, 2011
  • Graduate School Assistantship, University of Georgia, 2009-2011