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Graduate Student

Areas of Interest/Research

I am a graduate student at the University of Florida in the McDaniel Lab. I am broadly interested in sexual dimorphism in plants and specifically I study the concept of sexual antagonism by investigating a plant pollinator like syndrome in moss. The moss Ceratodon purpureus emits volatiles that attract microarthropods (springtails and oribatid mites). Interestingly, these microarthropods are more attracted to the female plant than they are to male C. purpureus. The presence of the microarthropods increases the amount of fertilization events because moss sperm can be transported via microarthropods. The goal of my current dissertation is to understand the underlying genetic basis for this sexually antagonistic trait.

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220 Bartram Hall
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