I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. I am broadly interested in biosphere-environment interactions with a particular emphasis on plants and water. My research elucidates fundamental constraints on the structure and organization of cells and tissues, characterizes how these constraints have shaped organismal evolution, and traces the impacts of this variation on the environment. While vascular plants (particularly the flowering plants) are a particular focus of this work, there are concrete implications for all living organisms.
I am currently funded by the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, and with my collaborators at San Francisco State University and Yale have been recently awarded a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation Rules of Life program.