Shawn is a Botanist and PhD student at the University of Missouri- Columbia, studying comparative phylogenomics and complex trait evolution. Their research explores the relationship between polyploidy and the processes of domestication and coevolution in the Tribe Brassiceae. They enjoy the outdoors, board games, and dancing. Shawn received their B.S. in Botany from the University of Florida.
During Shawn's undergraduate career at the University of Florida, they were the founding president of both the university's oSTEM Chapter and their organization for queer people of color (QPOC United). Shawn takes these experiences into their position as VP of Membership in understanding the pressures of being a student leader and importance of building a supportive community.