Mentor: Dr. Nico Cellinese
Florida Museum of Natural History
"I enjoy studying the genetic relationships between different species of plants because using this information as well as biogeography I can go back in time and unravel a piece of unwritten evolutionary history."
Microbiology and Cell Science
- Medicinal Chemistry
- UF University Scholars Program
- Florida Academic Scholar
Hobbies and Interests
- Assembling Jig Saw Puzzles
Evolution and Biogeography of Legousia (Campanuloideae: Bellflowers)
The proposed research will focus on the Legousia complex with the goal of resolving evolutionary relationships and understanding its biogeographic patterns. Legousia is a genus group that is a part of the Campanuloidea clade. Legousia, sometimes called the Venus Looking – glass, includes seven annual species found from Micronesia through southern Europe, into Northern Africa and west Asia. Regardless of the type of markers used, all studies have shown a close relationship between Legousia species and the North American taxa, Triodanis. This relationship evokes interesting biogeographical questions in which we will explore for this study. We will collect field and herbarium specimen for all Legousia and Triodanis species, extract and sequence DNA and carry.