My PhD research is primarily focused on resolving the relationships within the Ledebouriinae, with a special focus on recovering the evolutionary relationships between Ledebouria, Drimiopsis and Resnova. The latter two groups are currently lumped into an expanded view of Ledebouria. These clades are found in the Scilloideae (formerly Hyacinthaceae, now a subfamily of Asparagaceae). For my research I will include specimens from across the distribution of the group, which will then provide me with a large molecular data set that will increase our ability to obtain a robust and well resolved phylogeny. With this phylogeny, I can then investigate questions related to species relationships, character evolution, historical biogeography and genome evolution. Investigations into the historical biogeography of Ledebouria is especially interesting since it is the only group to have dispersed out of Africa. Chromosome evolution in this group is also interesting since they exhibit a wide range of ploidy levels (n = 6-24). Additionally, determining ploidy levels for each group will aid in species delimitation, and allow us to further investigate instances of polyploidization and hybridization, which I suspect is common in this group.