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Nora Mitchell (University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire)

Nora Mitchell
2401 Miller Plant Sciences and via Zoom (email for the link)
Special Information:

"Experimental and macroevolutionary approaches to studying plant hybridization"

Understanding the interplay between hybridization and evolution in a group as large and varied as plants requires evidence at multiple taxonomic, geographic, and temporal scales. I combine approaches from microevolutionary experiments to macroevolutionary comparative approaches to ask 1) if hybridization can speed up evolution, 2) why some groups hybridize more than others, and 3) if hybridization is related to net diversification rates. In addition to these broad questions, I will discuss the expectations of professors at PUIs (primarily undergraduate institutions) and the research that undergraduate collaborators and I are conducting at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

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