I'm a PhD student at the University of Connecticut in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, researching petal number variation in the Polemoniaceae, and am broadly interested in why so many plants have five petals and what controls or constrains petal number.
My background is in botany and previously I served as the site botanist at the LTER Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in Minnesota. While there, I wrote an undergraduate thesis on fire scarring in Minnesota oak savanna. I received a Masters from Stony Brook University where I worked on demography of invasive spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe).
I like seeing lots of cool plants and iNaturalist has become a nice way to keep myself sharp at a time when I get to spend less time in the field than I'd like.