University of Missouri - St. Louis
Ph.D. University of Miami, USA
B.A. Earlham College, USA
muchhalan [at] umsl.edu
Ph.D. Brigham Young University, USA
Justin is an evolutionary biologist whose interests include phylogeography, population genomics, adaptation, species delimitation, and integrative taxonomy. He is working on our NSF-funded project on Burmeistera, using phylogenomics and evolutionary ecology to study the roles of pollination and post-pollination reproductive barriers during the adaptive radiation of the genus. Prior to UMSL, Justin studied speciation and adaptation genomics of southwestern white pine (Pinus strobiformis).
bagleyj [at] umsl.edu
B.S. Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
Camilo is interested in the diversification, evolution and biogeography of mammals. He is currently working on the taxonomy and systematics of the genus Anoura (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae).
cackcb [at] umsl.edu
is interested in studying mechanisms of population
differentiation in flowering plants. For her PhD she is studying the
mechanisms that lead to disruption of gene flow and allopatric
speciation. For multiple species in northern Ecuador, she is
analyzing data on the effects of asynchronic flowering phenology and
shifts on population genetic structure.
B.S. Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia
Serena is interested in angiosperm systematics and evolution. She has worked with Rosaceae, Myrtaceae and Andean flora in general. Serena is co-advised by Peter Jorgensen of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and is currently working with Passiflora subgenus Decaloba, trying to disentangle the phylogeny, diversification patterns and species limits in this group.
sia7vc [at] umsl.edu
M.Sc. Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
is interested in the ecology and evolution of animal-mediated
pollination and seed dispersal systems. He has previously worked on the
reproductive ecology of Virola
(Neotropical nutmegs) and their dispersal by toucans and spider
monkeys. For his PhD, he will explore the role of pollinator sharing
and competition through interspecific pollen transfer during the rapid
diversification of the bat-pollinated Neotropical genus Burmeistera, in terms of how they influence patterns of floral phenotypic divergence, population differentiation, and species coexistence.
juan.moreira [at] gmail.com
is interested in plant evolutionary biology, systematics, biogeography,
and the application of these fields to conservation actions. For his
Masters degree, he is updating the monograph of the Burmeistera
of Ecuador which was published in 1981. This includes updating species
ranges and descriptions, describing new species, and writing a key. He
also has a side-project looking at the population genetics of the
critically endangered Mascarene Hibiscus.
btmfkb [at] mail.umsl.edu
B.S. University of California, San Diego, USA
is interested in studying the evolutionary shifts between bat and
hummingbird pollinated plant species across Campanulaceae.
Specifically, he is looking at how quickly pollination syndrome traits
are acquired and which traits are necessary to elicit a shift in
pollinators and which are just 'fine tuning'. He plans to do his
research in Ecuador and Costa Rica.
aelwqb [at] mail.umsl.edu
B.S. Boston University, USA
Rieka is interested in the the effect of habitat destruction on bat pollination and seed dispersal systems. For her Ph.D. she plans to study the implications of these changes on the ecosystem.
rymcf [at] mail.umsl.edu
Ph.D. Harvard, USA
Laura studies the taxonomy, phylogeny, and evolution of the Neotropical Lobelioideae, specifically the centropogonid clade (Centropogon, Siphocampylus, and Burmeistera). She is interested in patterns of character evolution, particularly of floral morphology in relation to pollinator shifts, and in diversification and biogeography in the context of Andean uplift. Laura is now an Assistant Professor at Lousiana State University. Find out more about her research at www.lauralago.net.
llagomarsino1 [at] lsu.edu
Simon is an evolutionary biologist interested in phylogenomics, plant systematics, and speciation. He has a special interest in evolutionary processes in high elevation ecosystem in the Andes, where high rates of diversification and intricate biogeographic movements have produced the high diversity that we see today. He is now a Data Scientist at Phylagen; you can visit his website here.uribe.convers [at] gmail.com
Monica worked on the molecular phylogenetics of Burmeistera. She is broadly interested in the phylogenomics of rapid tropical plant radiations and the causes of diversity disparities among tropical regions. She is currently an Assistant Scientist and Education Coordinator at the Missouri Botanical Garden; you can visit her website here.
monica.carlsen [at] mobot.org
B.S. Pontificia Univ. Católica del Ecuador, Ecuador
Mayra is interested in the role of reproductive isolation in the diversification of plants. She completed a non-thesis Master's degree at UMSL.
mayra.ninazunta [at] gmail.com
Nick worked with Juan on studies of the reproductive isolation between co-occurring species of Burmeistera. Specifically, they tested how interspecific pollen transfer affects seed production among hand-pollinated flowers.
ndt5z6 [at] mail.umsl.edu
Rossana is interested in bat-plant interactions in montane forest ecosystems. For her Master's project, she studied the effects of artificial nectar feeders on these interactions. She is currently a PhD student at the University of California - Santa Cruz; visit her new lab here.
nrm5h4 [at] umsl.edu
Stephanie worked on a project exploring the relationship between jaw morphology and diet in nectar-feeding bats, and helped Rossana with her fieldwork. She is now a PhD student at Rutgers University.
sjmyb4 [at] umsl.edu
|Lab Member Sightings in the Wild:|
Fieldwork in Ecuador 2017
High School Outreach 2017
Bat Capture in UMSL! 2017
Fieldwork in Bolivia 2016
Talk at Indiana Bat Festival 2016
'Bat Cave' Setup 2015
Greenhouse Burmeistera 2015
Fieldwork in Ecuador 2014
Lab Meeting 2014
North American Symposium on Bat Research 2014