Educational Background

  • PhD University of Missouri-Columbia
  • NSF post-doctoral fellowship: Indiana University-Bloomington
  • BA College of Wooster

Teaching Interests

  • Genetics Microbiology
  • Functional genomics

Research interests

Light regulated developmental processes in photosynthetic organisms. I use molecular genetic and physiological approaches to study how photosynthetic organisms (plants and cyanobacteria) adapt to changes in their light environment. My current research focuses on how the cyanobacterium Fremyella diplosiphon adapts its photosynthetic apparatus to changes in light color in a process called complementary chromatic adaptation. Ultimately I would like to put the molecular understanding of complementary chromatic adaptation that we are developing into an ecological and evolutionary context.

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