Michelle Gaynor

Current Position
Ph.D. Student, Biology Department, University of Florida

Research Interests
Polyploidy evolution and ecology, population genetics, and phylogenetics

BSA Service
Planting Science Research Network Mentor (2019 - ); Contributed to the Plant Science Bulletin (2019)

Other Service
Girls Who Code Instructor, Eastside High School (2018 - ); iDigBio Volunteer, University of Florida (2018 -); Co-founder Botanical Society of the University of Central Florida (2017 – 2018); S.T.E.A.M, University of Central Florida (2017 – 2018); Student Undergraduate Research Council Member, University of Central Florida (2016 – 2018); Girls Exceling in Math and Science (GEMS), University of Central Florida (2015 – 2017)

Statement of Interest
I became a member of the Botanical Society of America in 2016, when I attended the annual meeting with my REU advisors. Attending Botany 2016, as well as Botany 2017 and 2018, made me excited to be a part of this field and solidified my desire to pursue a career in Botany. Additionally, attending student led events at past Botany meetings made me feel welcome in the society and I want to be able to do the same for other students. In 2017, I helped establish a Botanical Society of America chapter at the University of Central Florida because I wanted to share my excitement of botany with others. Establishing this chapter of BSA at my alma mater was extremely awarding, as it enabled me to see others become interested in botany. Overall, I am passionate about making fellow students feel welcome and excited to be a part of BSA. As a Student Director of the Board, I will continue to support and connect with other students through developing additional Botany events and digital resources for students.