Sawtooth National Forest, ID
During 2012 and 2013, I spent the summers collecting alpine plants from different peaks Across the Sawtooth, White Cloud, and Pioneer Mountains in central Idaho. This work was possible with a Stillinger Herbarium Expedition Grant through the University of Idaho, some adventurous friends-turned-field-assistants, and the Sawtooth Mountain Guides, who were incredibly patient with my alpine botanizing. I collected over 500 plants, and used high-throughput approaches to target gene sequence data and estimate evolutionary relationships. Uisng community phylogenetic analyses, I'm illuminating processes that generated the alpine flora that draws people to explore these stunning peaks.
I moved to Grenoble, France in January 2014 to work for a year studying alpine plants at the Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine in collaboration with Dr. Sébastien Lavergne. Besides beginning some really interesting new research projects, I was able to participate in fieldwork in the French Alps. This included high-alpine floristic surveys in the Écrins National Park, and sampling leaf tissue for RNAseq at the Lautaret Alpine Botanic Garden. Here is a very small sample of my pictures from some of these adventures…
Harvard Forest, MA
For my postdoctoral research, I have been sampling functional genomic diversity of a plant community at Harvard Forest throughout the growing season. This is my first encounter with the flora of New England, and I am amazed by the diversity of ferns and deciduous trees. I'm definitely learning a lot, and looking forward to returning next summer!