Mathew is a Massachusetts native with a B.A. in English Literature (German minor) from the University of Massachusetts. He moved to Colorado after being inspired by some of the West’s extensive wildlands. Now, he studies Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with a particular interest in Kingdom Plantae. His main research interests are floristics, phylogenomics of the Caryophyllaceae and other lineages, biogeography and evolution of Stellaria, and phylogeography. In his spare time he enjoys scaling some of the country’s—indeed, the world’s—highest peaks, and applying that literature degree to his own writings.
Mat recently returned from fieldwork and herbarium work in the Himalaya and other mountainous regions of eastern Asia. There, he completed sampling for a more or less full phylogenomic analysis of the genus Stellaria.
Mat’s floristic inventory of the South San Juan Mountains was recently published:
Sharples Floristic Inventory.
His website can be visited here: https://mathewsharples.com/
An updated C.V. can be located here: Curriculum Vitae – Mathew Sharples_Spring18