People

Faculty
Michael Donoghue
Sterling Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
michael.donoghue@yale.edu

I’m interested in using knowledge of plant phylogeny to understand morphological character evolution, diversification, and historical biogeography. Several current projects are focused on elucidating the evolution of Viburnum and its movements among continents and forest communities. 

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Current Graduate Students
Sarah Federman
sarah.federman@yale.edu

I am a fifth-year PhD student interested in studying evolutionary mechanisms underlying spatial patterns in diversity. I plan to focus my investigation in the angiosperm clade Burseraceae.

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Brian Park
brian.park@yale.edu

I am a plant pornographer. I am fascinated in understanding the amazing diversity in the form of sex organs in angiosperms (flowers). To this end, I employ an integrative approach spanning developmental genetics, pollination ecology, and phylogenetic biology to gain insights on the proximate and ultimate factors that generate floral morphological diversity. 

For the last 4 years, I have been conducting experiments in western Massachusetts to study the pollination ecology of the hobblebush, Viburnum lantanoides. Like sunflowers and hydrangeas, hobblebush produce showy inflorescences composed of a central cluster of small, fertile flowers encircled by large, sterile flowers, that as a whole, make the inflorescence look and function like a single flower. Its not clear why hobblebush (or sunflowers and hydrangeas for that matter) do this, so I have been collecting data on insect visitation and fruit set in a population of hobblebush composed of “wild-type” plants with sterile flowers and experimental plants with their sterile flowers removed. I hope results provide insights into the role of natural selection in driving the evolution of sterile flowers in hobblebush.

This work has been a truly collaborative effort, with involvement from several undergraduate students, PhD students, and postdocs. If you are interested in getting out into the field, please contact me by email.

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Miranda Sinnott-Armstrong
miranda.sinnott-armstrong@yale.edu

I am a fourth-year graduate student interested in seed dispersal and how plants entice animals to consume their fruits.  I am currently working on describing spatial patterns in fruit colors, as well as investigating underlying evolutionary mechanisms behind these patterns. Broadly, I am interested in biogeography and trait evolution.

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Elizabeth Spriggs
elizabeth.spriggs@yale.edu

I am interested in patterns of biogeography, lineage diversification, and trait evolution, especially in the context of plant lineages’ shifts into new environments. I am currently looking at diversification rates and leaf evolution in Viburnum

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Current Lab Associates
Patrick Sweeney
Collections Manager, Yale University Herbarium, Peabody Museum of Natural History
patrick.sweeney@yale.edu
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My interests are far ranging and include flowering plant systematics and evolution, North American floristics, and biodiversity informatics.  My more recent systematic research focuses on Viburnum (Adoxaceae) and the mangosteens (the genus Garcinia, Clusiaceae). I am interested in the North American flora and I have conducted survey and inventory work in the eastern and central United States. I am also heavily involved in several herbarium digitization projects, including the New England Vascular Plants and Lichen/Bryophyte TCNs, among others.

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Current Postdocs
Deren Eaton
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
deren.eaton@yale.edu
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I am interested in why some clades of organisms contain more species than others, and within this context, I’m particularly interested in the long recognized relationship among flowering plants where families with more specialized pollination mechanisms tend to have more species. To understand this pattern I study how flower evolution affects rates of speciation, and reciprocally, how interactions among co-occurring species, especially within highly diverse clades, affects flower evolution.

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Michael Landis
Donnelly Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
michael.landis@yale.edu
Website

My current research aims to better understand when, why, and how groups of species came to live where they’re found today, particularly over deep timescales, and to reconcile the behavior of probabilistic models of evolution with empirical data and evolutionary theory. My broader interests include in evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, biogeography, and quantitative trait evolution, in addition to probabilistic models, Bayesian inference, and bioinformatics.

Former Graduate Students
Laurie Abbott
Associate Professor, Animal and Range Sciences
New Mexico State University
labbott@nmsu.edu
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Jeremy Beaulieu
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute for Mathematical & Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
University of Tennessee
jbeaulieu@nimbios.org
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Charles Bell
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

University of New Orleans
cbell@phylodiversity.net
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Sara Carlson
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and the Environment (E3)-- Forestry and Biodiversity Office
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
sara.carlson01@gmail.com
Charles Davis
Professor, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Curator of Vascular Plants, Harvard University Herbaria
Harvard University
cdavis@oeb.harvard.edu
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James Dice
Reserve Manager, Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
University of California, Irvine
dicej@uci.edu
Erika Edwards
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Brown University
Erika_Edwards@Brown.edu
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Diane Ferguson
Associate Director, Herbarium
Louisiana State University
dfergu1@lsu.edu
Elisabeth Forrestel
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Viticulture & Enology
University of California, Davis
forrestel@fas.harvard.edu
R Geeta
Professor, Botany
University of Delhi
Associate Professor Emeritus, Ecology and Evolution
SUNY, Stony Brook
rgeeta@botany.du.ac.in
Website
Anne Greenberg
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
University of Michigan
akgreenb@umich.edu
Sang-Tae Kim
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
sang-tae.kim@tuebingen.mpg.de
Website
Carlo Maley
Associate Professor, The Biodesign Institute, Cancer and Evolution Lab
Arizona State University
maley@asu.edu
Website
James Malusa
Contractor, School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Arizona
malusa@email.arizona.edu
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Brian Moore
Assistant Professor, Evolution and Ecology
University of California, Davis
brianmoore@ucdavis.edu
Rachel Novick
Director of the Minor in Sustainability, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
rnovick@nd.edu
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J Mark Porter
Associate Professor, Botany
Claremont Graduate University
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
j.mark.porter@cgu.edu
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Richard Ree
The Field Museum
Biodiversity Synthesis Center (BioSynC)
rree@fieldmuseum.org
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Michael Sanderson
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona
sanderm@email.arizona.edu
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Stephen Smith
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
eebsmith@umich.edu
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George Weiblen
Associate Professor, Plant Biology
University of Minnesota
gweiblen@umn.edu
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Former Lab Associates
Nico Cellinese
Assistant Curator, Herbarium & Informatics
Florida Museum of Natural History
ncellinese@flmnh.ufl.edu
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Former Postdocs
David Ackerly
Professor, Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley
dackerly@berkeley.edu
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William Alverson
Data/Lab Manager, Botany
University of Wisconsin–Madison
walverson@wisc.edu
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Bruce Baldwin
Professor, Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Curator of Vascular Plants, Jepson Herbarium
bbaldwin@berkeley.edu
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Belinda Chang
Assistant Professor, Cell and Systems Biology
University of Toronto
belinda.chang@utoronto.ca
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Wendy Clement
Assistant Professor, Biology
The College of New Jersey
clementw@tcnj.edu
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Torsten Eriksson
Database Developer, Biodiversity Informatics
Swedish Museum of Natural History
torsten.eriksson@bergianska.se
Margaret Evans
National Museum of Natural History (Paris, France)
margaret.ekevans@gmail.com
Website
William Ned Friedman
Director, Arnold Arboretum
Arnold Professor, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
ned@oeb.harvard.edu
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Katherine Gould Mathews
Associate Professor, Biology
Western Carolina University
kmathews@email.wcu.edu
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Francis Harrington
fah1@cornell.edu
David Hibbett
Professor, Biology
Clark University
dhibbett@clarku.edu
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Dianella Howarth
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
howarth@stjohns.edu
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Larry Hufford
Professor, School of Biological Sciences
Washington State University
hufford@wsu.edu
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Charlotte Jander
Harvard University
charlotte.jander@yale.edu

I am interested in the ecology and evolution of mutualisms. Among other things I study mechanisms that promote cooperation and prevent cheating in the mutualism between fig trees and their pollinating wasps.

Andrew Leslie
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Brown University
Andrew_Leslie@brown.edu
I am interested in the relationships between form, function, and morphological evolution. My work focuses on seed plant reproductive structures and integrates data from the paleontological record, experiments in living analogues, and phylogenetic analyses in order to understand how the various functions that reproductive structures perform have driven patterns of morphological change.  In addition, my work also includes several field-based paleobotany projects focusing on fossil floras from eastern North America, New Caledonia, and Mongolia.   
 
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Jianhua Li
Associate Professor, Biology
Hope College
li@hope.edu
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Eugenia Lo
University of California, Irvine
eylo@uci.edu
Henry Loconte
Zen Gardens
HenryLoconte@ZenGardens.com
Sarah Mathews
Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Centre for Biodiversity Analysis, Australian National University
Sarah.Mathews@csiro.au
Website
Zack Murrell
Associate Professor, Biology
Appalachian State University
murrellze@appstate.edu
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Matt Ogburn
Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology
Southern Utah University
rmogburn@gmail.com

I’m broadly interested in the evolution of plant morphology and function, especially in climatically extreme environments. I take a whole-plant perspective, applying data from ecophysiology, morphology, and niche-modelling approaches to try to understand how evolutionary change is integrated at the level of the organism. I’m particularly interested in the question of why some plant lineages show extensive morphological and ecological lability, while others seem to stick with the tried-and-true. My current project looks at trait evolution and community assembly in high-altitude environments of the Andes mountains.

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William Piel
Assistant Professor, Biology
Yale-NUS College (Singapore)
william.piel@yale-nus.edu.sg
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Tao Sang
Professor, The State Key Laboratory of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany
Institute of Botany--Chinese Academy of Sciences
sang@ibcas.ac.cn
Lisa Schultheis
Instructor, Biological and Health Sciences Division
Foothill College
schultheislisa@foothill.edu
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David Tank
Assistant Professor, Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
University of Idaho
Director, Stillinger Herbarium
dtank@uidaho.edu
Website
Campbell Webb
Research Associate, Arnold Arboretum (Kalimantan, Borneo)
Harvard University
cwebb@arnarb.harvard.edu
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Paul Wilson
Professor, Biology
California State University, Northridge
paul.wilson@csun.edu
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Richard Winkworth
Honorary Research Associate, Institute of Fundamental Sciences
Massey University (New Zealand)
rwinkworth@gmail.com
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Daming Zhang
Chinese Academy of Sciences
zhangdm@ns.ibcas.ac.cn
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Visiting Researchers
Christopher Campbell
Professor, Plant Systematics
University of Maine
christopher_campbell@umit.maine.edu
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Philip Cantino
Professor Emeritus, Environmental and Plant Biology
Ohio University
phillip.Cantino@yale.edu
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James Doyle
Professor, Evolution and Ecology
University of California, Davis
jadoyle@ucdavis.edu
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Christian Körner
Professor Emeritus, Institute of Botany
University of Basel (Switzerland)
ch.koerner@unibas.ch
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Lúcia Lohmann
Professor, Botany
University of São Paulo (Brazil)
llohmann@usp.br
Gregory Mueller
Vice President, Science and Academic Programs
Chicago Botanic Garden
gmueller@chicagobotanic.org
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Allison Snow
Professor, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Ohio State University
snow.1@osu.edu
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