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About nishanta rajakaruna

I received my B.A. degree in human ecology from College of the Atlantic (1994), Bar Harbor, ME, USA. In 1995, I joined the Department of Botany, The University of British Columbia, Canada, and received an M.S. degree (1998) and a Ph.D. degree (2002) for my work on the evolutionary ecology of the Californian endemic annual plant Lasthenia californica (Asteraceae). I pursued postdoctoral research in 2003-2004 with Dr. David Ackerly, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University (currently, at UC Berkeley) as an NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada) Postdoctoral Fellow. I am currently Professor of Botany at College of the Atlantic and Adjunct Associate Professor of Plant Biology at San Jose State University. My research focuses on the factors and mechanisms driving plant speciation and community assembly on serpentine and other edaphically harsh environments.


Present Faculty Member, College of the Atlantic

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