Brown algae are the largest and most productive group of marine "plants" and form complex underwater forests that are home to many important fish and invertebrates. I study the ecology and growth patterns of habitat-forming brown algae (kelps) in an evolutionary context. I am using a phylogenomic approach to determine evolutionary relationships between species and am using phylogenetic comparative methods to ask questions about the evolution of growth strategies and important ecological traits.
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?
I look forward to the botany exit seminar, at which time I will have the opportunity to present the entire body of research included in my thesis.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC is a world-class institution and one of the most active in the field of evolutionary biology.