Ashley Sanchez

Ashley Sanchez
Mentor: Dr. Rob Guralnick
Florida Museum of Natural History
 
"I'm intensely interested in macro-ecology and evolution. When I contacted Rob and his post-doc, Stephen Mayor, about their research involving mapping species and evolutionary patterns in the Amazon I was immediately interested and fascinated to learn more."

Major

Zoology

Minor

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Animal Behavior/Medicine
  • Macroecology

Academic Awards

  • Jennings Scholarship
  • Bright Futures
  • Philanthropy Director of Alpha Epsilon Delta
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta

Volunteer

  • Florida Diabetes Camp
  • Climb for Cancer Foundation
  • Phoenix Animal Rescue

Hobbies and Interests

  • Painting
  • Running
  • Hiking

Research Description

Testing the riverine barrier hypothesis of Amazonian diversification in Miconia
I will be taking digitized herbarium collections of the taxa, Miconia, and georeferencing (taking locality descriptions, finding them in google maps and calculating uncertainty radiuses) all species collections. From here, we'll take the points in GIS and create range maps of each species and edit accordingly based off of documented habitat preferences. Then using their phylogenies, I will be seeing if sister taxa and species have distinct boundaries that allowed them to speciate from each other. Particularly, I will studying the riverine barrier hypothesis, however I will also look at elevational boundaries, such as the Andes, ecoregions, soil layers, and other factors that could have resulted in speciation.