B.S. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
Mira’s project looks at genetic diversity in bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) and gene flow between white oaks. She is conducting a range-wide sampling of bur oak and all co-occurring white oak species. She is exploring the potential of next-generation sequencing, such as the Hyb-Seq methods, to gain a clearer understanding of past and current gene flow and speciation. One of her main research interests is how evolution and ecology intersect to shape traits, communities, and species interactions. She is interested in using this understanding to improve restoration and conservation strategies in the face of global climate change.