Dr. Lucas Bacci 
Email: ldefreitasbacci[at]

Lucas is co-advised with Dr. Lucas Majure and works on our NSF-funded Melastomataceae phylogenomics project.



Dr. Grant Godden

Email: g0ddengr[at]

Grant works mainly on our NSF-funded North American Lobelia project, in addition to a number of others side projects

Ph.D. Students

Anna B.Anna Becker (2017-)

Email: Becker.a[at]

Anna is working on the evolution and phylogeography of Hawaiian Vaccinium lineages (Ericaceae).  She has also been involved in the Phyloreferencing project 

ShelbyShelby Krupar (2019-)


Shelby works on the genomics and spatial genetic structure of Guzmania monostachia (Bromeliaceae), with a focus on Florida populations.

Malu Ore RengifoMalu Ore Rengifo (2021-)


Malu is co-advised with Dr. Lucas Majure. She is investigating the phylogenomics of Chaetogastra (Melastomataceae) and phylogeography of Chaetogastra longifolia.
She is part of our NSF-funded Melastomataceae phylogenomics project.

EmelineEmeline Pano (2022-)


Emeline is very interested in the evolution of the flora in Baja California.


Undergraduate Students

AlyssaAlyssa Cabrera – Biology

Alyssa is working on our Florida bromeliad genomics project


StephenStephen Patten – Biology

Stephen is working on the NSF-funded North American Lobelia project