Congratulations Maca!

Our first ever Colombian PhD student Maca successfully defended her thesis yesterday. Her thesis assessed population genetics and phylogeography of two groups of plants that are found in páramo vegetation. Very few studies have focused on relationships within species in the páramo so Maca is a true pioneer! Her work involved extensive fieldwork to some beautiful and challenging localities in Colombia that she was happy to visit…

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although there were moments…

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In addition to her research, Maca also made a huge contribution to our public engagement program, a line of work that she hopes to pursue in the future.

Congratulations once again Maca!

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