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My research attempts to understand the evolutionary history of species and the potential roles that flower morphology and biogeography play in speciation of angiosperms. Currently in the Hall lab, I am using molecular data to understand the tropical diversification of Rhododendron (Ericaceae) in Southeast Asia and to identify genes involved in flower symmetry changes in this group.
Valerie Soza completed her undergraduate studies in Environmental Studies and Anthropology at Pitzer College, Claremont, California, in 1997. Subsequently, she served as Botanical Field Studies Coordinator and Herbarium Curatorial Assistant at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont from 1997 to 2003. Dr. Soza received her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, completed her postdoctoral research at the UW, and now is a Research Scientist at UW.