- Postdoctoral Fellow
- Berry Lab
- University of Michigan
2035 Kraus Natural Science Building
830 North University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048
- Phone: (734) 936-3335
- Fax: (734) 763-0544
- Email: email@example.com
Fields of study
Molecular plant systematics and evolution, taxonomy, biogeography, and floristics.
I am interested in floristics, biogeography, conservation, taxonomy, and systematics of plant groups and floras of tropical regions and the Neotropics in particular. I use two approaches to understand tropical diversity and to answer questions about their biogeographic patterns, natural history, and evolutionary history. I work on the two largest genera of the family Euphorbiaceae (Croton and Euphorbia) and I investigate floristic and biogeographic patterns in several regions of South America (Guayana, Llanos, and Andes). I am also interested in the question of speciation and the role of hybridization and biogeography (including geographic/geological history and plant dispersal ability) on the diversification of specious plant lineages with highly conserved floral morphology, as appears to be the case of Croton and Euphorbia. My research on the genus Croton focuses on the molecular systematics, character evolution, and taxonomy of one medicinally important group (dragon’s blood trees) from the Neotropics. The work on Euphorbia is of broader impact because it entails the production of worldwide web-based monograph of the genus, an interactive and illustrated key for species identification, and phylogenetics studies in the broader sense and in particular groups within the genus.
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