Research

My group is  interested in plant genetics, genomics, and cytogenetics, focussing on questions of an evolutionary and ecological nature.  There is a  focus on the processes and consequences of interspecific hybridisation and polyploidisation in plants, as well as an interest on the origin and ecological consequence of plant genome sizes. The four overlapping themes of research are:  (i) Polyploidy, (ii) Ecological Genomics, (iii) Epigenetics, (iv) Giant genomes. Please follow the links.

Our study systems are scattered across angiosperms, currently including Nicotiana (Solanaceae), Fritillaria (Liliaceae), Hyacinthoides (Asparagaceae), and Paphiopedilum (Orchidaceae).  In addition we have begun genomic research into the major groups of gymnosperms.