My interest in the question “why are there so many kinds of organisms?” has taken me through a B.S. in Marine Biology at California State University, Long Beach studying fish, a M.S. in Biology at California State University, Fresno studying green seaweeds to a Ph.D. in Plant Biology studying diatoms. Though much of my work has been in molecular systematics, I am interested in studying evolution and diversification using many types of data, including morphology, cellular ultrastructure and secondary metabolites. I primarily work with marine benthic diatoms, because there are enough people working on the Thalassiosirales already.