University of Missouri - St. Louis
Ph.D. University of Miami, USA
B.A. Earlham College, USA
muchhalan [at] 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 an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow co-advised by Alexandre Antonelli (U. Gothenburg). Find out more about her research at www.lauralago.net.
lagomarsino.l [at] gmail.com
Simon is an evolutionary biologist interested in phylogenetics, genomics, plant systematics, and speciation. He has a special interest in evolutionary processes in the páramos, a high elevation ecosystem in the Andes, where high diversification rates and intricate biogeographic movements have produced the high diversity that we see today. Find more about his research at www.simonuribe.com.
uribe.convers [at] gmail.com
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
Juan is interested in
the ecology of plant-animal mutualisms involved in plant reproduction. He has previously worked on the reproductive
ecology of Virola (Neotropical nutmegs) and their dispersal by
large arboreal frugivores (toucans and spider monkeys). For his PhD, he
wants to explore how pollinators’ community assemblage and foraging behavior
influence the delivery of pollination services and hence, gene flow patterns
within and between plant populations.
juan.moreira [at] gmail.com
Monica worked on the molecular phylogenetics of Burmeistera. She is currently a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
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 research assistant at Temple University.
nrm5h4 [at] umsl.edu
sjmyb4 [at] umsl.edu
'Bat Cave' Setup 2015
Greenhouse Burmeistera 2015
Lab Meeting 2014
North American Symposium on Bat Research 2014