Palms (Arecaceae) are an iconic and easily recognizable family that is largely tropical to subtropical in distribution and they are of economic importance (coconut, oil palm, and date palm), especially in their native ranges where many they are used for multitude of purposes (food, medicine, timber, etc.). Currently, relationships within this morphologically diverse family are not well understood and the main goal of my research is to resolve these using new sequencing methods that generate large amounts of data. My dissertation work focuses on resolving the tribal relationships within the Arecoideae, which is the largest subfamily with 14 tribes (1000+ species) and is part of the Monocot Tree of Life Project (MonAToL).
Areas of Research:
Systematics, Evolutionary Biology, Genomics and Bioinformatics