B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, 2010
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2016
I am broadly interested in the phylogeny, biogeography, and evolution of flowering plants, and my research integrates genomic, morphological, and fossil data to examine outstanding questions about the origin and evolution of plant diversity. A central goal of my research is to better understand the processes that underlie phenotypic innovation and trait evolution in plants, using large-scale phenotypic datasets generated from herbarium and ancillary collections. From a biogeographic perspective, I am particularly interested in the floras of temperate and tropical Asia, North America, and Mesoamerica. Major taxonomic foci include Rosales, Fagales, Icacinaceae, Annonaceae, and Vitaceae. I am also broadly interested in the angiosperm fossil record, with active research focused on fruit and seed floras from the Paleogene.