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Assistant Professor of Plant Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee

As a plant evolutionary biologist, I apply my research and education experience to understand how plant traits are constructed, how they function, and how they have evolved across geologic time. The techniques I use to ask and answer these fundamental questions integrate anatomy, physiology, and phylogenetics, using both large-scale analyses across thousands of species and small-scale analyses narrowing in on key organisms.

I am also a science communicator working closely with a fellow botanist to democratize the study of plant biology through the production of academically rigorous (yet accessible) videos free to the public on social media. Check us out @letsbotanize.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cornell University


  • 2022 
    Harvard University, PhD