The Australian native wildflower, Senecio lautus, is a species complex that occurs across Australia in a large variety of contrasting environments. My PhD is focussed on understanding how the environment has shaped this recent diversification and investigating the phenotypic response during adaptation to multiple contrasting environments.
My work has included extensive field sampling, glasshouse phenotyping, reciprocal transplants and quantitative genetics in the glasshouse. I have also collaborated with Kristylee Marr to produce a species distribution model, and with Maddie James who is creating a phylogeny for 65 populations. Another collaboration with Sharon Edgley and Harshi Gamage allowed phenotyping to extend to stem and leaf anatomical traits.
Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos' lab is currently developing this species complex into a model system for research, details can be found at http://www.ortizbarrientoslab.me/
Research in the lab is currently supported by Australian Research Council Grants awarded to Dr. Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos.