On behalf of the Biology Department I would like to welcome Dr. Julissa Roncal as a new Assistant Professor in our Department.
Julissa received her Licenciature's degree in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Peruana Cayentano Heredia, Lima, Peru in 1999 and her Ph.D. from the Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, USA in 2005.
She has served as project plant ecologist for the Center for Tropical Plant Conservation at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL, USA and held a post-doctoral position in the Department of Biosciences, Aarhus University, Denmark and a Marie Curie post-doctoral position at the Institute de Récherche pour le Developpement, Montpellier, France.
Her research focus is on understanding the patterns and processes underlying the evolution of plant diversity in tropical America. She uses molecular dated phylogenies, species distributions, phylogenetic comparative methods and biogeographic modeling to understand plant species evolution. Julissa has wide-ranging field research experience, having worked in Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, French Guyana, Puerto Rico and the continental USA.
Welcome to the Department Dr. Roncal!