University of Missouri - St. Louis
Ph.D. University of Miami, USA
B.A. Earlham College, USA
muchhalan [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 plans to test
mechanisms that lead to disruption of gene flow and allopatric
will focus on the effect of asynchronic flowering phenology among
populations for several
species of angiosperms, and will target clades that present pollinator
the tribe Merianieae, Melastomataceae) to analyze the effect of
pollinators 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
B.S. Pontificia Univ. Católica del Ecuador, Ecuador
Mayra is interested in the role of reproductive isolation in the diversification of plants. She plans to test the idea that specialization on pollinators can increase reproductive barriers within plant populations and thus increase speciation rates.
mayra.ninazunta [at] gmail.com
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
Nick is working with Juan on studies of the reproductive isolation between co-occurring species of Burmeistera. Specifically, they are testing how interspecific pollen transfer affects seed production among hand-pollinated flowers.
ndt5z6 [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 Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan. Find more about his research at www.simonuribe.com.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
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 the 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