Professor, Director of OSU Herbarium,
Plant systematics and comparative genomics.
Description of Research
My research focuses on the application of genomics to plant phylogeny and speciation. Major topics of current investigation include 1) phylogenomics of milkweeds (Asclepias) including the sequencing of the A. syriaca genome; and 2) comparative genomics of Rosaceae and the strawberry genus (Fragaria) and 3) phylogenetic studies of pines (Pinus) and the pine family (Pinaceae).
Research Group Members
Faculty Research Assistants/Associates
Brian Atkinson (PhD due 2016)
Kevin Weitemier (Ph.D. expected 2015)
Laura Benton (PSM)
BOT 321 Plant Systematics
BOT 323 Flowering Plants of the World