I am a PhD candidate in the Dr. Nico Cellinese lab in the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. I am broadly interested in systematics, biogeography and evolutionary biology of plants. The research work that I am currently conducting towards my PhD gives me the perfect opportunity to combine all of my main research interests into one project. Currently, I study systematics, niche and biogeography of a paleotropical genus Memecylon (Melastomataceae). A large part of my research is focused on Memecylon that exists in Sri Lanka, India, South Africa and Papua New Guinea.