My name is Tyler Figueira and I am a PhD student with Prof. Dr. Florian Schiestl.
I am from Hawaii but completed my Master’s at UZH in evolution and systematics.
I am interested in how multiple factors affect traits and their evolutionary consequences. Using experimental evolution along with genomic analyses and reproductive isolation assays, I will examine how plants adapt to changes in herbivory, soil, and pollinator imposed selection. I want to know: how fast is adaptation, what is the genetic architecture of adaption, how do different factor combinations affect the speed of adaptation, and does local adaption contribute to reproductive isolation and thus speciation.