Tremendous progress in genome sequencing technology and analysis has made it feasible to not only sequence the entire genome of any organism, but also to sequence the genomes of individual members of a species. These next-generation sequencing technologies are highly generalizable, making it possible for life scientists with a wide range of research interests to apply these techniques to their work, from biomedicine to ecology. For example, the sequencing of breast cancer tumors from over 800 patients contributed to their classification into four main sub-categories (The Cancer Genome Atlas Network, 2012), with the expectation that this classification will allow more targeted and effective treatments, an approach sometimes referred to as personalized medicine. Also this year, this technology was used to assess biodiversity of plants (Hiiesalu et al, 2012) and wine-fermenting bacteria (Bokulich et al, 2012). I seek to gain expertise in next-generation sequencing under the guidance of Dr. Michael Purugganan (NYU) and members of his laboratory, and to apply this new expertise towards my scholarship on the seasonal regulation of sexual reproduction in land plants. I have only a superficial understanding of modern sequencing techniques, and have no experience with the statistical approaches needed to analyze the vast genomic data set that I will create. To become skilled in these approaches, I request funding for summer time to read relevant books and scientific articles in preparation for laboratory work and data analysis, for the purchase of these books, and for partial funding of housing expenses in New York for an eleven-month stay at the New York University Center for Genomics and Systems Biology.