Contact Info

Primary Title: 
Herbarium Curator and Instructor
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Email Contact: 
Voice Contact: 
(541) 737-5297
Office/Lab: Cordley 1042/1045


Ph.D., 2010 Miami University


Research Description: 

Plant systematics; processes and patterns of speciation and diversification; historical biogeography; ferns and lycophytes; Adiantopsis; science education; and curriculum innovation and revision.

  • The Link-Perez lab uses traditional morphological analyses in combination with molecular phylogenetics to resolve species boundaries and evolutionary relationships within plant groups of interest. Currently, we are investigating the neotropical fern genus Adiantopsis, which is a member of the cheilanthoid clade of the ecologically diverse Pteridaceae. By integrating morphological, ecological, and geographic data with the phylogenetic framework provided by DNA sequence data, our lab is gaining insight into the evolutionary patterns and processes (e.g., character evolution and adaptation) in this genus and—by extension—the diversification that has occurred in the neotropics in general. We are also involved in science education research, particularly in the areas of botanical education, active learning, and inquiry-type lab experiences.


Link to Google Scholar:

Link-Pérez, M.A., T.G. Ludwig, C.J. Ledford, M.H. Seabolt, and E.B. Sessa. In press. Lectotypification of Adiantopsis alata Prantl(Pteridaceae) and descriptions of new palmate taxa from the Guyana Shield. To appear in 41(4) of Systematic Botany.

Zettler, J.A., S. Mateer, M.A. Link-Pérez, J. Brofft Bailey, G. DeMars, and T.L. Ness. In Press. To key or not to key: a new key to simplify and improve the accuracy of insect identification.” American Biology Teacher.

Link-Pérez, M.A., and J.R.C. Carl. 2016. Turning everyday materials into living microscope slides. The American Biology Teacher 78(4): 328-333.

Link-Pérez, M.A., and E.E. Schussler. 2013. Elementary botany: how teachers in one school district teach about plants. Plant Science Bulletin 59(3): 99-110.

Schussler, E.E., N.U. Bautista, M.A. Link-Pérez, N.G. Solomon, and B.A. Steinly. 2013. Instruction matters for nature of science understanding in college biology laboratories. BioScience 63(5): 380-389

Link-Pérez, M.A., L.E. Watson, and R.J. Hickey. 2011. Redefinition of Adiantopsis Fée (Pteridaceae): systematics, diversification, and biogeography. Taxon 60(5): 1255-1268.

Link-Pérez, M.A., and R.J. Hickey. 2011. Revision of Adiantopsis radiata (Pteridaceae) with descriptions of new taxa with palmately compound laminae.  Systematic Botany 36(3): 565-582.

Schussler, E.E., M.A. Link-Pérez, K.M. Weber, and V.H. Dollo. 2010. Exploring plant and animal content in elementary science textbooks. Journal of Biological Education 44(3): 123-128.

Link-Pérez, M.A., V.H. Dollo, K.M. Weber, and E.E. Schussler. 2010. What’s in a name: differential labelling of plant and animal photographs in two nationally-syndicated science textbook series. International Journal of Science Education 32(9): 1227-1242, First published on: 22 July 2009 (iFirst). 

Hickey, R.J., C.C. Macluf, and M.A. Link-Pérez. 2009. Isoetes maxima, a new species from Brazil. American Fern Journal 99(3): 194-199.