University of South Florida
College of Arts and Sciences
Contribute to our future
Office: SCA 127
Lab: SCA 120, SCA 122
Senior Postdoctoral associate, NYU, 2007-2009
Postdoctoral associate and research assistant professor, Stony Brook University, 2004-2006
Ph.D. University of Georgia, 2004
B.A. Biology, Swarthmore College, 1995
I teach Evolution which is an exciting field that is constantly changing and informs everything we do in the study of biology.
I also teach the Biology of Coastal Plants which provides an opportunity to highlight some interesting adaptations to challenging environments and response to climate change.
We use genomics and epigenetics approaches in robust ecological experiments to understand how organisms respond to environment. We have projects in US, Europe, China and Australia, and members of the Richards lab have lived in Australia supported by the Australian Research Council, France on Fulbright and Chateaubriand Fellowships, and Germany supported by the Make Our Planet Great Again – German Research Initiative.
The Richards Lab is currently working on projects that explore the genomics and epigenomics of native coastal plant species as well as plant invasions with the globally invasive Japanese knotweeds (Reynoutria) and Spartina alterniflora.
Research Key Words: Ecological genomics, Phenotypic plasticity, Invasive species, Climate change, Evolutionary ecology
Ecology & Evolution, Conservation & Disease, Marine Biology