Fieldwork In Bolivia!

I’ll be conducting fieldwork in Bolivia for three weeks with the support of the University of Idaho Stillinger Herbarium!

I’ll also be traveling with Diego Morales-Briones, David Tank, and John Chau.

It’s going to be good!

Plants Are Cool, Too!

I’ll be part of the second episode of Dr. Chris Martine’s series “Plants Are Cool, Too!”, this time on the Clarkia Fossil bed!

We’ll open some rocks to discover 15 million year old fossils, lift plant tissue from the rock, and even film in the lab while we extract ancient DNA.

This will be awesome!

Fieldwork in Peru!

I’ll be doing fieldwork in the southern Peruvian Andes for a month starting today! I’ll be traveling with my lab mate Diego Morales-Briones, with funding from the University of Idaho Stillinger Herbarium!

DDIG – NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

I just got a DDIG, an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant!! Yoo-hoo!!

You can read the proposal here.

Here are the title and abstract of the project:

“Investigating the accumulation of evidence for speciation: species delimitation in a rapid and recent radiation”

This study seeks to understand how the evidence for speciation has accumulated over time in the mostly South American plant genus Bartsia L, inferring if there is an order or a sequence for the acquisition of species criteria, and if a specific criterion is more important than other at a certain point of time, e.g. is morphological differentiation more prominent than ecological divergence in recently divergent species?  Additionally, this study will provide a robust phylogenetic hypothesis for the South American species of Bartsia, which will provide a critical framework for future comparative, ecological and evolutionary studies.


Conservation Genetics paper published!

In collaboration with the Waits lab at the University of Idaho, Dave, Hannah and I studied the species designation of an endemic beetle to southern Idaho, Cicindela waynei or Bruneau tiger beetle.

We used mtDNA, pylogenetics and new Bayesian species delimitation methods to test different hypotheses.

Goldberg CS, Tank DC, Uribe-Convers S, Bosworth WR, Marx HH, Waits LP. In Press. Species designation of the Bruneau Dune tiger beetle (Cicindela waynei) is supported by phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Conservation Genetics.


Ph.D. Candidate!

After much studying and a 3 hour oral exam, I passed my prelims and advanced to candidacy!

Many thanks to my committee members: Dr. David Tank, Dr. Jack Sullivan, Dr. Luke Harmon, Dr. Eric Roalson, and Dr. George Newcombe.

Fieldwork in the Andes

The search continues! This year I’ll spend seven weeks of the summer looking for Bartsia and Castilleja in Ecuador and Peru. The Andes in both countries have a great diversity of species and these are of great interest for phylogenetic and biogeographic analyses.

The trip will be funded by the University of Idaho Stillinger Herbarium through its grant for botanical expeditions