My name is Katharine Dupree and I am a first-year Ph.D. student in the Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas. My research interests lie at the intersection of ecology and evolutionary biology at the micro and macro timescales. I received my undergraduate degree at Colorado College, where my research focused on the floral morphology, pollination mechanisms, and phylogenetic relationships of Central and South American orchids.
Currently, I am interested in studying trait evolution in flowering plants. More specifically, I am interested in identifying traits affecting the differential success of invasive plant species relative to their native counterparts. In identifying characteristic traits of successful invasive plants across the genus and family scale, we can better understand what makes a successful invader, inform management practices, and better identify future invasive species before they become a problem.