Gracie Martin

Gracie Benson-Martin was an undergraduate research in the lab for three years, working variously on phylogenetics of Costus and Heliconia and assisting with general lab phylogenetic projects.  She graduated in 2011 and continued working with the Specht Lab and the Smithsonian Institution's Natural History Museum (Department of Botany) working on a monograph for Heliconia, specifically focusing on GIS and generating distribution maps and morphological discriptions for all species in the genus.

Gracie now returns to the lab as a Graduate Student and will be working on Calochortus, a beautiful and diverse group of monocots native to California and particularly adapted to our serpentine soils.  Gracie is interested in studying phylogenetics, biogeography and trait diversification in this lineage of CA natives.