Edwin McMillan

Mentor: Dr. Pamela Soltis
Florida Museum of Natural History
"Since taking a core group of plant science courses, my interest for plant systematics and evolutionary genetics has blossomed. I enjoy seeking data that can be used to model rapidly diversifying plant evolution. It is a pleasant challenge that can be used to further my overall education and practice a plethora of essential laboratory techniques. "


Pre-Professional Biology



Research Interests

  • Bromeliaceae Systematics
  • Biogeography
  • Phylogenomics

Academic Awards

  • UF Platinum Scholar


  • American Medical Student Association


  • Physician Shadowing
  • Children's Miracle Network
  • Relay for Life

Hobbies and Interests

  • Cookingg
  • Water Sports
  • Landscaping
  • Golfing

Research Description

Resolving a rapid radiation in Guzmania (Bromeliaceae) using low-copy nuclear genes

The bromeliad genus Guzmania contains approximately 211 species that are thought to have experienced a rapid radiation 4-5 million years ago across the Neotropics. This group occurs over a large variety of habitats and over extensive elevation ranges. Species of Guzmania can be found across the range of extant bromeliads. They are an ecologically important group with many species growing as epiphytes on other plants and along rocks. An understanding of the evolutionary relationships among species of Guzmania can serve as a model to improve our understanding of Bromeliaceae evolution as a whole.