New Paper on Genomics and Phylogenomics!

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Our paper on target enrichment and high-throughput sequencing was publish today! ūüôā

We developed a method to amplify multiple¬†loci using microfluidic PCR from both the chloroplast and nuclear genome. The enriched loci can¬†then be sequenced using a high-throughput sequencing platform, in our case Illumina. The paper also includes a pipeline to process the raw reads, recover alleles, and asses ploidy¬†levels of the samples‚ÄĒexciting!

Check it out here:

New publication on Biogeography and Diversification!


Great news, my latest Ph.D. paper with Dave Tank was recently published in the American Journal of Botany!

The paper is focused on the biogeographic history and diversification patterns of the high Andean plant genus¬†Bartsia¬†(Orobanchaceae). We hypothesized that the movement into a new geographic region, namely the p√°ramos, triggered an increase in the rate of net diversification in¬†Bartsia.¬†This pattern of “Dispersification” (dispersion and diversification) has been identified¬†in other groups of plants and it might be more common than we previously thought.

To know more about it, you can download the paper here: doi:10.3732/ ajb.1500229

My first talk as a postdoc

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I gave my first talk as a postdoc today ūüôā

It was at BioLunch, a weekly department wide seminar at the University of Missouri-St.Louis Biology Department. I presented my work on Bartsia and people really liked it.

I was honored by the presence of eminent scientists like Bob Ricklefs, Peter Stevens, Bob Marquis, and of course my current postdoctoral advisor Nathan Muchhala, Ivan Jimenez, Eric Knox, all my lab mates, and students from across the department!

It was a great experience and a great way to start this new stage in my life.

First day at UMSL

Today is my first day as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri-St. Louis! I’m very excited to start working with Nathan on a super cool project involving genomics, phylogenomics, pollination experiments, and speciation in¬†Burmeistera (Campanulaceae)!

My office is not too shabby either ūüėČ

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New Position!


I’m very excited to have accepted a postdoctoral position with Dr. Nathan Muchhala at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. I’ll start on October 1st 2015, working on the phylogenomics of the plant genus¬†Burmeistera (Campanulaceae). We’ll then use those¬†results to investigate¬†pollinator-mediated reproductive isolation in the group. Pretty cool!

Invited to a Biogeography Symposium

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I’m very excited to have been invited to present at¬†the II Biogeography Symposium organized by the Bogot√° Botanical Garden! The symposium took place¬†at¬†the VII Colombian Botanical Congress¬†(2-6 August 2015) in the city of Manizales. I presented results on the biogeography and diversification rate analyses on both¬†Bartsia¬†and¬†Hypericum, and the hypotheses that we have for each genus. It was a great opportunity to show these results to Colombian botanists, people who encounter these plants every time they go in the field.

Goodbye Moscow

August 12th 2009 was the date I first got to Moscow, Idaho. Today, August 12th 2014 (5 years exactly), it’s time to say goodbye.

Goodbye friends and goodbye Palouse, thank you for an unforgettable time.

Palouse_Falls_HDR_Simon_Uribe-ConversPalouse Falls at sunset, July 2014. Photo by Simon Uribe-Convers