Welcome to Elatine Website. I am a PhD student of biolgoy at University of Connecticut. I am doing my PhD dissertation research on aquatic plants, especially Elatine L. (common name: waterworts). As a genus of aquatic plants in Elatinaceae, Elatine L. comprises about 23 annual and 2 perennial species. The main goal of my research on Elatine L. is to study the diversity and phylogeny of this group of aquatics. Using various techniques such as DNA sequencing, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and statistical analyses, my studies will help identify the native species of this group from the introduced ones, which are thought to be invasive in some countries. Watch the following video!

Full-of-fun Collection Travels

I need to travel a lot to collect as many Elatine specimens as possible. So far, I have some travels to Western United States, State of Connecticut, and State of Massacheusetts.

Lab Work

As a doctoral student in Dr. Les Lab, I have been working with cutting-edge methodologies in Biology, including DNA extraction, amplification of various molecular markers, ...