Cameron Hannah Bick
Cameron Gardner Hannah-Bick graduated from UC Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies in 2015 with a B.A. in Biology. In addition to pursuing her degree, she also manages the UCSB Biology Greenhouses where she assists researchers with their experiments and maintains the school’s teaching collection.
I am interested in how short-term and chronic drought conditions affect phenotypic differences in architectural traits and natural selection. I plan to use both herbarium specimens and living plants grown under experimentally controlled watering treatments to detect the direct effects of drought on phenotype and to measure the relationship between phenotype and fitness to characterize the direction and strength of selection on architectural traits. I plan to explore these ideas using a widespread annual herb native to California, Clarkia unguiculata (Elegant Clarkia: Onagraceae).