Floral Design


I am interested in the ecological and evolutionary questions concerning plant reproduction. I am particularly curious about the processes that generate and maintain genetic variation in characters that appear to have obvious effects on reproductive success of plants in natural population. In the past I have combined observation from natural populations, manipulative experiments in the greenhouse and in common gardens, quantitative genetics and molecular evolution approaches in my studies. Though I consider myself an empirical biologist, I am very fond of theoretical studies, and have occasionally done some theoretical investigation for factors difficult to study empirically.

Recently, my research has been focusing on questions relating to the evolution of plant mating systems. There are two main lines of research that are currently ongoing in my lab: (I) Gender specific selection in hermaphroditic plants, and (II) Evolution of separate sexes in plants. Click on the pictures below to find out more about the projects in my lab.

Past research topics include: (1) evolution of selfing in Ipomoea purpurea, (2) molecular evolution of a regulatory gene that influences flower pigmentation in Ipomoea purpurea and (3) characteristics of the spontaneous mutation in Arabidopsis thaliana.

News from the Lab!

Jan 12, 2016


Namita Mathew, Darien Power and Ariane Wong joined the lab this spring to start their research projects on Geranium maculatum and Ipomoea purpurea. 


Nov 3, 2015

Undergraduate research opportunities!

Want to work on beautiful flowering plants, gain research experience and earn research credits (for PBIO4960, BIO 4960 or other equivalent research-based courses) in Spring and/or summer 2016?!  Click here to find our more details on these opportunities.