I am intrigued by the different factors that facilitate the rapid diversification of species. To try to understand this, I combine different approaches such as taxonomy, biogeography, phylogenetics, population genetics, and genomics. For several years I have been studying how the geological history of an island, inter-island colonization and hybridization affect the diversification process of insular taxa. I have been studying this in genus Micromeria (Lamiaceae) in the Canary Islands using morphometric analyses, single nuclear markers, microsatellites, and RADseq. My taxonomical research has been mostly focused on the Andean genus Calceolaria (Calceolariaceae), on its distribution and species limits. More recently, I am exploring the applications of metabarcoding to study plant-pollinators interactions.
Madeline (Maddy) Thompson
I am from Mankato, Minnesota. I completed my bachelor's degree in standard biology at North Dakota State University. I'm a master's student in Dr. Pamela Puppo's lab. I will be working towards a thesis on sunflower and bee interactions. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out outside or at the mall.