Postdoctoral Researcher, 2018 – Present
University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland PI: Dr. Elena Conti “The Evolutionary Roles of Hybridization and Introgression: Investigating Species and Genomic Boundaries under Climate Change (Primula Genomics)”
Ph.D. Botany, 2013 – August 2018 University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida Dissertation: “The Past, Present, and Future of Micranthes (Saxifragaceae), a Clade of Alpine and Arctic Flowering Plants” Advisor: Dr. Nico Cellinese Co-Advisor: Dr. Doug Soltis
M.Sc. Biology, Concentration in Ecology and Systematic Biology (Botany), 2012 San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California Thesis: “The evolution and biogeography of the rare Polemoniums (Polemoniaceae)” Advisor: Dr. Robert Patterson
B.A. Environmental Science (minor in Chemistry), 2008 Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri
During my Ph.D. at University of Florida (supervised by Drs. Nico Cellinese and Doug Soltis), I was particularly interested in examining evolutionary processes such as speciation, rapid diversification, and adaptation to alpine and Arctic climates using the non-model plant clade Micranthes (Saxifragaceae). This was achieved through phylogenomics, ecological niche modeling, and bioinformatics.
Currently, my postdoctoral research with Dr. Elena Conti aims to understand hybridization and introgression at different geographic and temporal scales. Specifically, we are asking which parts of the genome move between Primula species, with a particular focus on the S-supergene. This is being accomplished through extensive sampling spanning the entire range of our study system (~660 individuals in seven species), in conjunction with resequencing of whole genomes.
Research Website www.RebeccaLStubbs.com