I will be working on my Ph.D. in Amy Angertâ??s plant evolutionary ecology lab. For my masterâ??s thesis, I explored the processes involved in maintaining species coexistence and community assemblages in Amazonian Ecuador, focusing on the theories of niche conservatism and competitive exclusion. Subsequently, I worked as a research scientist at Missouri Botanical Garden . During this time, much of my research focused on understanding bias associated with estimates of geographic distributions. For my Ph.D., I am interested in studying the ecology and evolution of geographic ranges. In particular, I would like to test theory that attempts to explain interspecific variation in geographic range size.