About My Research
I'm a plant biologist that uses stomata to study the dynamic relationship between plants and our environment. Stomata, the stained purple cells shown in the right-hand image (4x zoom of red oak leaves, approximately 400 stomata per mm2), are a fantastic study system because they respond to a variety of environmental cues on multiple time-scales, ranging from the instantaneous to yearly and decadal. I'm trained in a diverse set of disciplines, including plant physiology, ecology, molecular biology, and genetics, and I combine these approaches to answer fundamental questions about stomatal biology and the relationship between cells, the plant, and our changing environment.
• Harvard University
2014 - 2016
• Stanford University
PhD, 2008 - 2014
Cell and Molecular
• Cornell University
BSc, 2003 - 2007
magna cum laude
Ecology and Evolutionary
• NOAA Climate and Global
• Bio-X Bowes Interdisciplinary
• Merrill Presidential
Scholar (Cornell University)
• Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence (SUNY)
• Disruption of stomatal lineage signaling or transcriptional regulators has differential effects on mesophyll development, but maintains coordination of gas exchange. New Phytologist, 2017.
• The physiological importance of developmental mechanisms that enforce proper stomatal spacing in Arabidopsis thaliana. New Phytologist, 2014.
• Patterning and processes: how stomatal development defines physiological potential. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 2014.
• Universität Würzburg, Department of Molecular Plant-Physiology and Biophysics. Würzburg, DE. November, 2019
• University of Zurich, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies. Zurich, CH. November, 2019
• University of California, Irvine, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Irvine, CA. May, 2018