Ph.D., Purdue University, 2016
Research Interests: I am interested in evaluating the evolutionary potential of plant species to respond to projected climate change conditions. Particularly, I seek to understand how gene flow can shape the amount and distribution of genetic variation throughout species ranges to influence their potential to adapt to new environmental conditions. During my PhD I investigated the effects of gene flow in the adaptive potential of a California vernal pool endemic plant species, Lasthenia fremontii from both evolutionary and conservation perspectives. I have also conducted molecular ecology studies in Guadua angustifolia (American bamboo), a tropical species adapted to riparian and wetlands ecosystems in Colombia. Currently, I am evaluating the role of phenotypic plasticity in the adaptive responses of wetland species to extreme climate events, and how the rate of gene flow among populations can affect the evolution of phenotypic plasticity within populations using as a model system L. fremontii.
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