Plant evolution and ecological genetics.


Our research is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of the enormous diversity in plant reproductive strategies. We integrate techniques from quantitative and population genetics, comparative biology, field biology, theory, and genome analysis and mapping. We use these approaches to understand ecological and evolutionary processes that produce and maintain natural variation, including its adaptive significance, the response to selection, and underlying genetic mechanisms.


In teaching evolution, I emphasize contemporary research that relates to broad concepts; this includes using case studies, primary literature and hands-on learning. I encourage science process skills that develop critical thinking and an ability to approach diverse research questions.


  • Evolution
  • Evolutionary genetics