I am a botanist interested in the origin, variety and maintenance of plant diversity in a number of systems. This includes both species and character/trait diversity, and as such my research involves field botany, collections-based research, as well as molecular lab work and computational tools.
Currently researching plant biodiversity and the extremes of plant evolution, integrating the use of novel DNA sequencing approaches.----Working on giant monocot genomes, some of the smallest orchids, and diverse tobaccos from arid regions.----Our group at UoP are investigating the genomic mechanisms underpinning angiosperm species and character diversity.----Key interest in polyploidy (WGDs), subsequent diploidisation processes and their impact on flowering plant diversification.
I am the Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Biology, within the School of Biological Sciences. I teach botany, as well as evolutionary processes, ecology, development, and genetics on a number of modules, and lead the first-year (L4) module 'Biodiversity & Evolution' (M20000), as well as the second-year (L5) module 'Plant Diversity, Development and Evolution' (M32683).
Additionally, I supervise BSc and MRes/PhD projects in areas related to my research expertise.