I am a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I study ferns, an ancient and diverse lineage of vascular plants.
Ferns have a unique lifecycle combining two free-living stages (gametophyte and sporophyte) that differ from each other dramatically in appearance and physiology. This sets ferns apart from nearly all other land plants, and has important implications for their ecology and evolution. I am particularly interested in how different stages of the fern lifecycle contribute to community assembly processes, as well as fern ecology, evolution, and systematics generally.
I am also an enthusiastic adherent of reproducible analysis and coding, especially with ! Please see my blog for more stories about this topic.
PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, 2016
MS in Biological Sciences, 2010
University of Tokyo
BA in Integrative Biology and Japanese Language, 2007
University of California, Berkeley