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My research seeks to understand fundamental processes in plant reproduction and evolution using genetics and genomics. Current research is focused on studying the interacting forces of mating system, interspecific hybridization, and polyploidy in three taxonomically ‘difficult’ groups: Senecio (Asteraceae), Sorbus (Rosaceae), and Orobanche (Orobancaceae).
Research in my lab is currently funded by NERC. I am also grateful to past funding from NERC, BBSRC, The Leverhulme Trust, The Wellcome Trust, Royal Society, The Linnean Society (COSyst), BSBI, and The Lady Emily Smyth Research Station (LESARS).
Current research projects:
(i) the genomic basis of adaptation and speciation in the genus Senecio (Asteraceae)
(ii) the molecular genetic basis of pollen-stigma recognition and self-incompatibility in Senecio
(iii) the genetic basis of mating system (self-incompatibility) variation and evolution in Senecio
(iv) genetic divergence, mating systems, and ongoing evolution in the genus Sorbus (Rosaceae)
(v) genetic and phenotypic divergence in Macaronesian Pericallis (Asteraceae)
(vi) local adaptation and genetic divergence in holoparasitic broomrapes (Orobanche)
(vii) reproductive development in Amborella trichopoda