- M.S. | 2015 | Northwestern University, Plant Biology and Conservation
I am an evolutionary ecologist and geneticist. While I am interested in diverse areas of plant biology, I am captivated by questions concerning the evolutionary adaptations at the intersection of ecology and genomics. What we see with our eyes cannot be fully understood without evolutionary context, which requires genetic tools and meticulous experimental design. I seek to investigate questions that incorporate both ecological interactions and the evolutionary mechanisms driving them. Questions like my master’s thesis – how does the primary pollinator impact genetic differentiation of plant populations? – are the kinds of multifaceted topics that excite me. At the Wei Lab, I will work on the NSF project (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2300058) to build synthetic microbial consortia for organismal resilience and reproducible ecosystem services under changing environments.