About Me

I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at Penn State University, in Dr. Tanya Renner’s lab, where I study the evolution and regulation of carnivory in the sundew genus, Drosera (Droseraceae, Caryophyllales). I received my PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I was advised by Dr. Kenneth J.  Sytsma. The Sytsma lab specializes in plant systematics, phylogenomics, morphometrics, biogeography, and patterns of trait evolution in different plant groups. I was a Bonner Scholar as an undergraduate at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where I completed a double degree in biology and piano performance. At Oberlin, I was advised by Dr. Michael Moore, and I conducted research on gypsum endemism in the Four o’clock family, Nyctaginaceae (Caryophyllales).

I was raised in New York City, but I have enjoyed attending college and graduate school in the Midwest. In my free time I enjoy hiking with my adopted puppy, Chara, cooking new recipes, and playing piano.

e-mail: czd429@psu.edu

One thought on “About Me

  1. Anna Hargreaves (McGill) told me about yr talk in Portland (?) on yr thesis project. i’d be curious to compare notes as i’m interested in the distribution of Crataegus douglasii – presumably we share an appreciation of the Marquis and Voss paper in Michigan Botanist (1981).


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