New paper on Neobartsia

Bartsia_Mosaique_SmallMy latest paper on Neobartsia was published today in Systematic Botany! šŸ™‚

This paper is the culmination of five years of hard work during my Ph.D., summarizing results from many analyses and types of data. The main result of this publication is the creation of Neobartsia, a new genus containing every Andean species (47) of the former genus Bartsia. I couldn’t be more excited and proud of this paper, besides, it’s really cool to name a genus! šŸ˜‰

You can read the publication here: http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1600/036364416X692299

New Paper on Genomics and Phylogenomics!

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Our paper on target enrichment and high-throughput sequencing was publish today! šŸ™‚

We developed a method to amplify multipleĀ loci using microfluidic PCR from both the chloroplast and nuclear genome. The enriched loci canĀ 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 ploidyĀ levels of the samplesā€”exciting!

Check it out here:Ā http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0148203

New publication on Biogeography and Diversification!

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

The paper is focused on the biogeographic history and diversification patterns of the high Andean plant genusĀ BartsiaĀ (Orobanchaceae). We hypothesized that the movement into a new geographic region, namely the pĆ”ramos, triggered an increase in the rate of net diversification inĀ Bartsia.Ā This pattern of “Dispersification” (dispersion and diversification) has been identifiedĀ 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:Ā http://www.amjbot.org/content/102/11/1854.abstract doi:10.3732/ ajb.1500229

My first talk as a postdoc

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I gave my first talk as a postdoc today šŸ™‚

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

I was honored by the presence of eminent scientists like Bob Ricklefs,Ā Peter Stevens, Bob Marquis, and of course my current postdoctoral advisor Nathan Muchhala,Ā 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 inĀ Burmeistera (Campanulaceae)!

My office is not too shabby either šŸ˜‰

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New Position!

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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 genusĀ Burmeistera (Campanulaceae). We’ll then use thoseĀ results to investigateĀ 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 atĀ the II Biogeography Symposium organized by the BogotĆ” Botanical Garden! The symposium took placeĀ atĀ the VII Colombian Botanical CongressĀ (2-6 August 2015) in the city of Manizales. I presented results on the biogeography and diversification rate analyses on bothĀ BartsiaĀ andĀ 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.