Research Spotlight

Exploring Leaf Form Diversity in the Mountains of Mexico

Thursday, May 6 at 3:00 PM

With Morgan Moeglein

 

Why would the same leaf form and structure evolve repeatedly over time? Are the same selective pressures producing the same traits?

As plants of the genus Viburnum spread throughout Mexico and into Central and South America, some of their leaf forms evolved independently at different times and places. In this talk, Morgan Moeglein introduces these fascinating plants and explores why some Viburnum leaf types have evolved again and again.

Morgan Moeglein is a Ph.D. candidate in the Yale Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, where her research focuses on leaf trait evolution, development, and function.

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