Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Research Postgraduate



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Hamilton BuildingSilwood Park






I am a DTP PhD student, based at RBG Kew and Imperial College. My research interests are centred around the evolution of tropical biodiversity. More specifically, I am interested in speciation, endemism and biogeography, in addition to the conservation of the unique or threatened biota that arose from these processes

My PhD research uses molecular phylogenetics, population genomics and field data collected from the Amazon to approach questions about speciation and the origins of Neotropical plant diversity, using the Brownea clade (Leguminosae) as a study system.

Brownea grandiceps, Yasuni National parkBrownea grandiceps, Yasuni National Park

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Schley RJ, de la Estrella M, Pérez-Escobar OA, et al., 2018, Is Amazonia a ‘museum’ for Neotropical trees? The evolution of the Brownea clade (Detarioideae, Leguminosae), Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Vol:126, ISSN:1055-7903, Pages:279-292

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