STRUCTURE FUNCTION EVOLUTION
I am an evolutionary biologist focused on how plants are constructed, how they function, and how they have evolved across deep time. To answer these questions I study ferns, one of the oldest and most diverse plant lineages. My work integrates topics ranging from morphology, anatomy, and physiology to character evolution, biogeography, and diversification.
I believe that art and science are one and the same. Plants, with their diversity of shapes, colors, and structures provide a perfect medium for displaying this integration. In addition to my work as a scholar, I am an avid nature photographer and science communicator, using plants to inspire people to enjoy and appreciate the biotic world.