Visiting Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum
PhD student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
BS Plant Biology, University of Vermont
I am interested in the relationship between ecologically relevant traits and their underlying genetic basis. I am currently pursuing this interest as a graduate student in the Edwards Lab at Brown University. For my graduate work, I am studying the environmental and genetic factors governing leaf shape in the genus Viburnum. Members of the genus Viburnum can be found all over the world and exhibit a variety of leaf shapes. Furthermore, these different leaf shapes arose repeatedly throughout evolutionary history in different lineages of Viburnum. I will be utilizing material from the Arnold Arboretum’s excellent Viburnum collection for RNA sequencing to identify genes potentially involved in leaf shape.