Dilys at the Wind River Forest Dynamics Plot, Washington
Dilys Vela Díaz | Ph.D. Student
I joined the Myers Lab in August 2013. Previously, I was the laboratory manager at Elizabeth Kellogg’s lab at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), where I collaborated on the Andropogoneae Phylogeny Project. In 2010, I received my MS in Plant Systematics and a Graduate Certificate in Tropical Biology and Conservation from UMSL, where I studied the systematics of Calophyllum in South America using morphological and anatomical characters. I earned my BS in Biology at the Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia Peruana, located in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon in Iquitos. My field experience includes studies in Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, and Peru.
My general interests are to understand the mechanisms that shape the origin and maintenance of tropical forest diversity. I am particularly interested in the interplay between mechanisms across environmental gradients and spatial scales. To explore these topics, I plan to combine functional-trait, phylogenetic, and modeling approaches across environmental gradients. My research is driven not only by an interest in contributing towards basic and long-standing questions in ecology and evolution, but also in applying basic scientific knowledge towards conservation in the tropics.