I am interested in evolution and development, and questions related to homology. Most of my research has been with bryophytes. Bryophytes are key in understanding the evolution of land plants and the transition to land. My research mainly focuses in anatomy, ultrastructure and development, specifically on bryophyte stomata. I also work with ecology of bryophytes and how it related to forest health and conservation.
The survey of bryophytes of El Yunque National Forest and other forests in Puerto Rico produced two rapid field guides and other resources for identification of bryophytes. This project is a partnership between the US Forest Service ITTF, El Yunque NF and the UPRRP Herbarium.
I am currently monitoring the distribution, ecology and conservation status of Sphagnum in Puerto Rico. Thanks to the State and Private Forestry unit of the USDA Forest Service. Read about our discovery here!
I am also involved in activities to increase science literacy at all grade levels and the general public, and promoting a better understanding and acceptance of evolution.