I moved to the University of Connecticut (UConn) after completing my undergraduate and MSc degrees at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
I am interesting in how environmental gradients shape patterns of plant diversity over evolutionary and ecological time scales. Most of my research has focused on the Greater Cape Floristic Region of South Africa, a non-tropical biodiversity hotspot. The incredible plant diversity and steep topographic and environmental gradients make it the ideal place to investigate the role of environment in driving historical, contemporary and future patterns of diversity.
I am also an avid trail runner, hiker, and consumer of fantasy novels.