Hello! I'm Daniella Allevato and I am a 4th year Plant Biology PhD Candidate at Cornell University. I am a member of the Nixon Laboratory, where I study the chemical and genetic diversity of Pilocarpus.
Growing up in California, I spent lots of time outdoors and I saw first hand the result of many environmental issues. One of the more serious issues facing Californians is water scarcity. This really made me interested in learning more about plants and how they adapt to and survive in their surrounding environments. I am fascinated by the many ways that plants combat stresses, both living and non-living and hope to contribute to the understanding of plant adaptations.
This project's funding will help me to complete my dissertation and better understand the genetic diversity in multiple populations of Pilocarpus pennatifolius, by providing the necessary funding.