Vascular plant spatial phylogenetics in the Mojave National Preserve

In collaboration with Blueprint Earth, I am working on a project to understand the phylogenetic diversity of vascular plants in a 1 km x 1 km, densely surveyed region of the Mojave National Preserve. The study area is home to springs with both underground and surface flow and basalt flows, creating a hydrogeologically complex area. We are testing the hypothesis that environmental heterogeneity supports phylogenetic diversity in the Mojave Desert.

Jenna Ekwealor
Jenna Ekwealor
PhD Candidate

I am a UC Berkeley PhD Candidate studying evolution & ecology of desiccation-tolerant desert mosses.