• 2018 - Present

    University of Florida

    Ph.D. in Botany

    I am currently working with Drs. Pam and Doug Soltis for my graduate degree.

  • 2014-2018

    University of Central Florida

    B.S. Biology

    During my undergraduate, I worked with Drs. Eric Hoffman and Linda Walters on a project assessing genetic diversity within natural populations of smooth cordgrass to ensure effective restoration efforts. I also worked with Dr. Chase Mason and Simone Lim-Hing on a project focused on genome duplication impact on secondary metabolite composition in non-cultivated species.

  • 2017

    University of Missouri


    In Dr. J. Chris Pires lab, I worked with Hong An on unraveling the origins of allotetraploid Brassica napus.

  • 2017

    University of Florida

    NSF-REU iDigBio

    With Drs. Pam and Doug Soltis, I investigated niche divergence among ploidal levels in a classic autopolyploid system, Galax urceolata.

  • 2016

    University of Colorado-Boulder


    With Drs. Julienne Ng and Robert Laport, I investigated the influence of genome duplication on Brassicaceae and Rosaceae communities across the United States.


Graduate Research Fellowship


Climatic niche comparison among Galax cytotypes

New Paper

Polyploid Influences on Community Structure

First Publication

Summer Off-Campus Research

Blog post with UCF-OUR

College of Sciences Scholarships

UCF College of Science

Student Researches Roses and Cabbage

UCF College of Science

Student’s Award-Winning Restoration Research

UCF College of Science

Biology Student Receives Golden Opportunity

UCF College of Science

Contact Me

At MichelleGaynor at ufl.edu or by using the links below