On the summit of Mt. Wrightson in Arizona, 2018.


2021–present. Postdoctoral researcher, Zapata Lab at UCLA working on the NSF funded Hawaiian Biogeography project with Landis lab at Washington U. and National Tropical Botanical Garden in Kaua’i, Hawai’i.

2016–2021. Ph.D. student, Department Integrative Biology and Jepson herbarium, UC Berkeley. Advisor: Bruce Baldwin. Thesis: Plant diversification in a desert archipelago: a phylogenomic analysis of the recent radiation of the rock daisy tribe. Defense: https://youtu.be/PqqqRWXH4X

2019–2020. Pre-doctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany. Advisors: Drs. Vicki Funk and Harold Robinson.

2014–2016. Plant ecology research technician, Questad Lab, California Polytechnic University Pomona CA and Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry in Hilo, HI.

2012–2014, Professor of Environmental Systems and Societies and Theory of Knowledge, Colegio del Mundo Unido Costa Rica.

2009–2012, BA/MA student, Singer Lab, Dept. of Biology, Wesleyan University, CT.

2008-2009. Field research assistant, Yanayacu Biological Research Station, Napo Province, Ecuador.


Contact me: ilichtermarck at berkeley.edu

I’m an NSF Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working in the Zapata Lab at UCLA.  I’m a plant taxonomist, biogeographer, and evolutionary ecologist fascinated with diverse, ecologically specialized groups of organisms, especially flowering plants in the sunflower and daisy family (Compositae).  I use museum specimens, genetic sequences, and field work to decode evolutionary relationships, build improved classifications, and study the ‘mystery of mysteries’ of where biodiversity comes from. I am also fascinated by plants that grow on cliffs!