My lab is located in the Department of Botany at the University of Hawai’i in beautiful Mānoa. We study how plants work and why they evolved to work that way using a combination of experimental, comparative, and quantitative approaches. Please check out the Projects page for more information on current research. If these types of questions interest you, please contact me about working together!
PhD in Evolutionary Biology, 2013
BS in Biology, 2006
College of William & Mary
Leaf size, shape, and internal anatomy are extremely diverse but strongly constrained by functions such as light interception, CO$_2$ diffusion, and managing scarce resources like water and nitrogen. Two common assumptions are that plants i) cannot build tougher leaves without sacrificing photosynthesis and ii) cannot increase photosynthesis without decreasing water-use efficiency.
The theory of evolutionary processes acting within species (microevolution) is more mature than that for macroevolution, but there is surprisingly little evidence of divergent natural selection on physiological traits under natural conditions.
I am teaching the following courses at the University of Hawaiʻi:
BIOL 470: Evolution (Fall 2020)
BIOL 470: Evolution (Spring 2020)
BIOL 297/BOT 297: Biostatistics (Spring 2020)
BOT455: Analysis of Biological Data (Spring 2019)
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