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Gabriela Doria

Postgraduate Student
Gabriela Doria
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 333934



BSc. Biology, National University of Colombia, Bogota, Colombia

MA. Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA

MSc., MPhil., Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT USA


Gabriela is sponsored by the Cambridge International Trust and the Newton-Caldas Fund partnership between the British Council (UK) and Colciencias (Colombia).

Research Interests

Gabriela joined the lab in 2015. She is interested in the evolution and diversification of plants at different time scales. In her research, she has used morphological and anatomical approaches to address questions on flower development, systematic affinities of fossil plants and phenotypic variation of living and fossil plants in response to environmental changes.

In her PhD project, Gabriela is looking at how petal cell shape affects the interaction between flowers and their animal pollinators in the genus Nicotiana (wild tobaccos, Solanaceae). Petal cells with conical shape have been shown to increase grip for small pollinators and enhance flower colouration compared to non-conical cells. Gabriela is studying the molecular mechanisms involved in the control of petal cell shape in sister species of Nicotiana with contrasting characteristics (conical vs. non-conical). She is also testing ideas on how petal cell shape influences pollinator perception of flowers using a bumblebee behaviuor experimental setup.  

Other Professional Activities

Gabriela combines her research with education and public outreach activities at different levels. In 2018 she created and produced a film showcasing her research that was screened at the University Botanical Gardens Festival of Plants. Since 2016 she has been a contributor for Bioika, outreach online publication on ecological research in Latin America.  

Gabriela is one of the founder members of the University of Cambridge Colombian Society. At Wolfson College she created, along with fellow Plant Sciences graduate students, the Wolfson College Plant Society and is a member of the Wolfson Science Society.

Key Publications

Doria, M.G.; F. Gonzalez and N. Pabon-Mora. 2012. Reassessing inflorescence and floral morphology and development in Hedyosmum (Chloranthaceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences, 173: 735-750

Doria, G., D.L. Royer, A.P. Wolfe, A. Fox, J. W. Westgate, D.J. Beerling. 2011. Declining atmospheric CO2 during the Late Middle Eocene climate transition. American Journal of Science 311: 63-75

Doria, G., M. Fernandez-Burgos, D. Powell and J. Schmidth. 2010. Altitudinal leaf variation in Cecropia schreberiana (Urticaceae) in El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico. Acta Científica, 24: 35-45

Doria, G., M. Fernandez-Burgos, D. Powell and J. Schmidth. 2010. Intracanopy leaf plasticity in Dacryodes excelsa in Bisley Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico. Acta Científica 24: 65­-71

Doria, G., C. A. Jaramillo, and F. Herrera. 2008. Menispermaceae from the Cerrejon Formation, middle to late Paleocene, Colombia. American Journal of Botany 95: 954-973

Green, W.A., S.A. Little, C.A. Price, S.L. Wing, S.Y. Smith, B. Kotrc, and G. Doria. 2014. Reading the leaves: A comparison of leaf rank and automated areole measurement for quantifying aspects of leaf venation. Applications in Plant Sciences 2 (8): 1400006

Chow, J., G. Doria, K. Kramer, T. Schneider, and J. Stoike. 2013. Forests under a changing climate and innovations in tropical forest management (Overview to the Proceedings of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters Conferences, February 2010 and January 2011). Tropical Conservation Science Special Issue 6 (3): 315-324

Other Publications

Davis, G & G. Doria. 2016. The stench of success: On the Titan Arum pollination. BluSci 35: 32-34 

Doria G, Donnelly C. 2014. Using the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Cost Calculator: A Case Study for Milford, Connecticut. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State of Connecticut, Division of Forestry. 

Donnelly C, Doria G. 2014. The Use of Wood from Urban and Municipal Trees. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State of Connecticut, Division of Forestry. 

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