New Mexico State University
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As evolutionary biologists focused on plant systems, my students and I are actively engaged in researching the evolutionary relationships among taxa, patterns of speciation and diversification, and the development of informative classifications. 

Over the last ten years these interests have focused increasingly on homoploid and polyploid plant hybridization as important forms of plant-plant and plant-human evolutionary interactions in both wild and semi-domesticated plant species.  

The variety of topics researched in my lab are selected to engage graduate and undergraduate students in aspects of molecular biology, integrative evolutionary biology, and plant taxonomy, with primary focus on members of the mustard and legume plant families (Brassicaceae and Fabaceae).  These systems include numerous western US and Mexican representatives, important semi-domesticated crop species, and endangered species that provide well-rounded projects involving studies derived from fieldwork, molecular biology, and morphology.






Student News:

Fall 2019 - MS student Alex Abair finish his degree and moves to the Soltis lab (University of Florida) for the Ph.D.

Fall 2018 - MS Sudent Vinavi Lakshman finishes her degree and moves to the University of Missouri for the Ph.D.

Fall 2017 - Undergrad Lynsey Kovar joins the Wallace lab for her Ph.D., University of Georgia.

Fall 2017 - Undergrad Seal Ortega-Rodriguez goes on to study patent law at Emory (Atlanta Georgia)

Fall 2015 - MS student Vinavi Lakshman joined the lab to work on the Leucaena psyllid transcriptome project.

Summer 2015 - Undergraduate researcher Seal Ortega-Rodriquez goes to University of Georgia for the summer on a SoyBase project.

Spring 2015 - MS student David Hernandez graduated after successfully defending his research on the L. trichandra chloroplast genome.

Fall 2014 - MS student David Morin graduated after successfully defending his research on the Boechera. 

Sept 2012 - Ph.D. Candidate Nabeeh Hasan finishes his dissertation on population genetics of California poppy and moves on to a postdoc with University of Colorado Denver.

August 2012 - MS student Allison Heneghan attends ESA 2012 to present molecular marker development results for black grama.

Fall 2014 - Undergraduate researcher Joshua Trujillo moves to University of Arizona's Plant Genetics Ph.D. program.