felipe zapata

Felipe Zapata

Assistant Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


My lab focuses on understanding how biodiversity originates and evolves, with a special focus on plant biodiversity. In our work, we integrate approaches from phylogenetics, ecology, evolution and computational biology in our efforts to understand how species, genes and phenotypes originate and evolve in a changing world. Most of our work has focused on flowering plants from tropical and temperate South American forests, but we are planning to conduct research in Southern California, a “biodiversity hotspot” for plant species.