My research is focused on determining the variation in leaf traits across cultivated and wild Helianthus annuus (sunflower). To do this I analyzed stomatal and vein traits for lines that encompass the diversity of cultivated sunflower and I used that data to look at the genetic basis of these traits. Then I will look at how these traits determine performance under drought and how the variation across wild sunflowers is associated with environmental variables.
2020 Graduate School Travel Grant - to travel to Gordon Research Conference -> Not awarded - conference being cancelled due to COVID-19
2018 PBIO Supplemental Funding - to travel to Gordon Research Conference and Seminar in Vermont
2018 Alan Jaworski Grant - to travel to Gordon Research Conference and Seminar in Vermont
2016 Admission to the PhD Program in the Plant Biology Department at the University of Georgia
2015 A.B. Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO