How do cities impact the evolution of plants?

I am exploring this question as a PhD student at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Specifically, I’m investigating how urbanization influences gene flow and reproductive success in common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) dispersed throughout the Greater Toronto Area. My advisors are Drs. Marc Johnson and Helene Wagner.


Before graduate school, I earned my B.A. in Biology with a Certificate in Integrative Genomics Sciences from Wesleyan University. After completing my B.A., I spent two years working at an ecological restoration firm.

In my free time I like to go to concerts, explore Toronto, gawk at dogs, and contemplate the wonders of evolutionary resilience. Find me on TwitterLinkedIn, or send me an email to learn more!