Plant molecular biology, genomics and biochemistry. Natural products and chemical ecology of forest trees.
My lab group works on the evolution, phylogenetics and comparative genomics of diverse groups of land plants (embryophytes), with a particular focus on monocots, a flowering-plant clade that includes the major crop plants that sustain human civilization.
Early eukaryote evolution, molecular phylogeny, protistology.
Areas of research include:
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Microbiome of coastal marine organisms; eukaryotes in the microbiome
Adaptation, Domestication, Crop Evolution, Hybridization, Speciation, Weed Evolution
plant genomics, environmental stresses, seed development, gene expression
The biology of viruses that infect marine phytoplankton and bacteria, and the role of these viruses in population dynamics and geochemical cycles.
Plant molecular systematic and evolution; the evolution of asexual polyploid complexes in higher plants.