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Ms Gabriela Doria

Postgraduate Student
Ms 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).

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, Urban Forestry Program, Forestry Division, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State of Connecticut, USA

Intern, Centre for Tropical Paleoecology and Archaeology, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution, Panama.

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.

With her PhD project, Gabriela seeks to contribute to the understanding of how the interaction between flowers and their pollinators directs flowering plant evolution and diversification. She is investigating the evolution and development of petal epidermal cells in the flowering plant genus Nicotiana (wild tobaccos, Solanaceae). Petal epidermal cell shape has been shown to affect pollination success in flowering plants. Conical epidermal cells are known to increase grip for insect pollinators and enhance flower coloration compared to non-conical cells. Nicotiana presents a diverse range of petal cell shapes. Gabriela is using molecular genetic, systematic and developmental techniques to understand the evolution of petal epidermal cell shape and explore convergent evolution of this trait in the genus.  Her research also includes using the tools of behavioural ecology, with bumblebees and/or moths, to explore pollinator responses to perturbed floral morphologies in Nicotiana.

Other Professional Activities

Gabriela combines her research with education and public outreach activities at different levels. Since 2016 she has been a contributor for Bioika, outreach online publication on ecological research in Latin America. 

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

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