My name is Cody Coyotee Howard and yes, that is my real name. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida working with Dr. Nico Cellinese in the Florida Museum of Natural History. I am broadly interested in the evolutionary forces that have influenced plants to adopt an underground growth habit. To quench this thirst for knowledge, I am working towards understanding the evolution of geophytes—plants with underground organs such as bulbs (onion), tubers (potato), corms (taro) and/rhizomes (ginger)—and the ecological and developmental consequences of these growth forms and their below ground traits. For my dissertation, I am investigating the evolutionary history of three closely related bulbous monocots: Ledebouria, Drimiopsis, and Resnova (Asparagaceae).

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