I am a plant evolutionary genomicist with special interest in genome adaptive landscapes, the evolution of genome size, and the evolutionary roles of small-scale gene duplications. My genome projects have included the carnivorous bladderwort plant (Utricularia), the basal angiosperm Amborella, avocado, birch, and diploid coffee. In addition to my work on plant genomics, I have a long history of research in phylogenetic systematics of flowering plants, and on the molecular basis for plant morphological development (evo-devo). Together with project collaborator Prof. Charlotte Lindqvist, I published two papers on the phylogeny, biogeography and conservation of African violet species, in 1999 and 2001. I am a graduate of Brown University (BA and MS, 1987 and 1989) and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (PhD, 1992).