My research attempts to understand the evolutionary history of species and the potential roles that flower morphology and biogeography play in speciation of angiosperms. Currently in the Hall Lab, I am using molecular data to understand the tropical diversification of Rhododendron (Ericaceae) in Southeast Asia and to identify genes involved in flower symmetry changes in this group.


My postdoctoral research in the Di Stilio lab examined (1) the evolution and correlation of pollination mode, sexual system, polyploidy and genome size in the genus Thalictrum (Ranunculaceae; Soza et al. 2012, 2013), (2) the evolution and development of separate sexes in the genus Lepidium (Brassicaceae; Soza et al. 2014), and (3) functional divergence of gene duplication in the floral organ identity E-class genes in Thalictrum (Soza et al. 2016).


My doctoral research in the Olmstead lab examined the evolutionary history of tribe Rubieae, in particular, the evolution of sexual systems, leaf whorls, and systematics of Galium and related genera in the Rubiaceae (Soza and Olmstead 2010). For results on the evolutionary relationships within Rubieae, evolution of sexual systems, and implications for species management of rare taxa within Galium, please see publications listed on my CV or my dissertation.


Hall Lab

University of Washington Department of Biology

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Vireya Rhododendrons

BIOL 317 Plant Identification & Classification

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellowship