Phylogenetics and Systematics in Cactaceae
In the lab, we focus on a variety of groups of Cactaceae, especially focusing on subfamily Opuntioideae (prickly pears and relatives) and cacti of the Greater Antilles. By reconstructing phylogenetic relationships in these groups, we can provide more robust hypotheses for some of the fundamental questions about their biogeographic history, morphological evolution and speciation. Cytogenetic and morphological analyses of cacti also is paramount to understanding species delimitation in this taxonomically complex group. This work is carried out in collaboration with numerous researchers throughout the Americas. Click below to find out more about this project.
The Herbarium (FLAS) at the Florida Museum of Natural History
The wealth of information housed in our amazing collection of ca. 400,000 specimens (vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens) at the herbarium of the Florida Museum of Natural History provides an unparalleled opportunity for use in plant systematics, phylogenetics, conservation genetics, biogeography, climate change research, ecological research, physiological and anatomical research, forensic science, phenological research, as well as numerous other disciplines. We are continuously growing the collection, which is focused on the SE US and Caribbean, although consists of specimens from around the world. Every aspect of the research that we do involves working directly with the collection, and our work would not be possible without this incredible resource.