Employment

  • Assistant Professor, University of New Orleans 2008-current
  • Curator, University of New Orleans Herbarium (NOLS) 2008-current
  • Lecturer, University of New Orleans 2007-2008
  • Post Doc, Tulane University 2006-2007
  • Assistant Professor, Xavier University of Louisiana 2004-2006
  • Post Doc, University of Florida 2003-2004
  • About Me

    I am an evolutionary biologist interested in phylogenetics, plant systematics, divergence time estimation, and biogeography

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    Education

  • PhD Yale University (2003)
  • AM Harvard University (2000)
  • MA San Francisco State University (1998)
  • BA University of Colorado, Boulder (1992)
  • External Funding

  • NSF-Evolution of the high Andean flora. PREPROPOSAL: IN REVIEW (submitted 9 Jan 2012).
  • NSF-Towards a species level phylogeny of Caprifolieae. PREPROPOSAL: IN REVIEW (submitted 9 Jan 2012).
  • Louisiana Board of Regent's NSF-EPSCoR Pilot Funding for New Research (Pfund) Grant. “Resolving Dipsacales phylogeny with complete plastid sequence data.” 2010. $10,000.
  • Louisiana Board of Regents, Research & Development Program. “Towards a comprehensive-multigene phylogeny of Valerianaceae (Dipsacales).” 2009-2011. $180,388.
  • Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. Visiting Scholarship. 2007 ($1000). Funds for travel to use collections
  • Arnold Arboretum/Harvard University Herbaria. Visiting Travel Funds. 2006 ($500).
  • Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. Visiting Scholarship. 2006 ($1000).
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sabbatical. Fall, 2005. Visiting scholar in David Swofford's lab in the School of Computational Sciences at Florida State University after being displaced do to Hurricane Katrina ($16,200).
  • Louisiana Board of Regent's NSF-EPSCoR Pilot Funding for New Research (Pfund) Grant. Phylogenetic utility of single copy nuclear markers in resolving the phylogenetic relationships within Valerianaceae ($11,072.00).
  • Deep Time RCN graduate student/postdoc travel grant: Summer, 2002 ($500); Winter, 2003($1000); Summer, 2003 ($500); Summer, 2005 ($1000).
  • National Science Foundation- Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Phylogeny, biogeography, & rates of speciation in Valerianaceae (Dipsacales). 2001-2003 ($10,519).
  • Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. Visiting Scholarship. 2000 ($750).
  • American Society of Plant Taxonomists. Graduate Student Grant. 1998. Molecular phylogenetics of Linanthus (Polemoniaceae) ($1000).
  • California Native Plant Society. East Bay Chapter Scholarship. 1997 ($3000).
  • California Native Plant Society. Doris Hoover Grant. 1996 ($1000).
  • Internal Funding

  • College of Science, Faculty Research Grant: Genome & chromosomal evolution in Symphoricarpos ($7500)
  • College of Science, Faculty Travel Grant. For field work in Colombia, Summer 2012 ($1500).
  • University of New Orleans Office of Research and Sponsored Programs SCoRe Award. Evolving Patagonia ($15,000).
  • College of Science, Faculty Travel Grant. To attend Botanical Congress 2011, Melbourne, Australia ($1500).
  • College of Science, Faculty Research Grant: Inverted repeat sequences for Dipsacales ($7500)
  • Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, University of New Orleans, Summer Research Program Award: Towards a species level phylogeny of Symphoricarpos ($13,576).
  • Center for the Advancement of Teaching (Xavier University of Louisiana), Technology Infusing Grant: Visualizing Hardy-Weinberg & character evolution: the use of OpenSource software in undergraduate biology education ($2000.00).
  • Center for Undergraduate Research (Xavier University of Louisiana), Model Institution for Excellence (MIE) mini grant: The phylogenetic placement of the North American Valerianella (Valerianaceae) ($8350.00).
  • Deep Time RCN graduate student/postdoc travel grant, Winter, 2004 ($1000.00).
  • Yale University. Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Green Plant Phylogeny Fellowship. Fall, 2003 ($12,000).
  • Yale University. Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Chairman's Grant, 2002 & 2003 ($3500.00).
  • Harvard University. Organismic & Evolutionary Biology Departmental Travel Grant. 2000 ($6000.00).
  • Harvard University. NSF Graduate Training Grant in Plant Systematics. 1998-2000 (Tuition & $19,000/year stipend).
  • San Francisco State University. California State University Grant. 1996-1997 ($1000.00).