An annual plant should be optimized to efficiently gather resources from the environment and package them into seeds in order to maximize reproductive output. This process involves decisions on how to allocate new photosynthate to different compartments, such as leaves, roots and flowers. As it turns out, reproductive output is heavily dependent on the timing of flowering: flowering too early means that the resource capture process is inefficient, while flowering too late means that too many resources are allocated to vegetative tissue.
My main interest is to develop simple models of growth and allocation capable of describing an annual plant’s lifecycle in a resource-limited environment. The work involves both developing simple models that describe key processes and fitting those models to data. I work mainly with the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana because of the wealth of genetic information available. I hope to therefore link genetics with the ecology of an annual plant and its expected evolutionary strategy. The work is funded by Microsoft Research and is co-supervised by Dr. Drew Purves.
Education and Professional Positions
|2010 - 2014||Ph.D. student at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|2009||Postgraduate Degree in Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, University of Lille, France|
|2008||Master Degree in Ecology, Evolution and Oceanology, University of Lille, France|
|2004 - 2007||Bachelor in Biology of Organisms and Populations, University of Lille, France|