Former Graduate Students

Laurie Abbott's picture Laurie Abbott
Emeritus Associate Professor, Animal and Range Sciences
New Mexico State University
Jeremy Beaulieu's picture Jeremy Beaulieu
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
University of Arkansas
Charles Bell's picture Charles Bell
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

University of New Orleans
Sara Carlson's picture 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)
Charles Davis's picture Charles Davis
Professor, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Curator of Vascular Plants, Harvard University Herbaria
Harvard University
Director, Harvard University Herbaria
James Dice's picture James Dice
Reserve Manager, Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
University of California, Irvine
Erika Edwards's picture Erika Edwards
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University
Sarah Federman's picture Sarah Federman
Diane Ferguson's picture Diane Ferguson
Associate Director, Herbarium
Louisiana State University
Elisabeth Forrestel's picture Elisabeth Forrestel
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Viticulture & Enology
University of California, Davis
R Geeta's picture R Geeta
Professor, Botany
University of Delhi
Associate Professor Emeritus, Ecology and Evolution
SUNY, Stony Brook
Anne Greenberg's picture Anne Greenberg
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
University of Michigan
Sang-Tae Kim's picture Sang-Tae Kim
Research Fellow, Center for Genome Engineering
Institute for Basic Science
Carlo Maley's picture Carlo Maley
Associate Professor, Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics
Arizona State University
James Malusa's picture James Malusa
Research Scientist, School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Arizona
Brian Moore's picture Brian Moore
Associate Professor, Evolution and Ecology
University of California, Davis
Rachel Novick's picture Rachel Novick
Director of the Minor in Sustainability, Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Brian Park's picture Brian Park
Post-doc, Plant Biology
University of Georgia

I am fascinated with the amazing diversity of floral displays across the angiosperms. 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 this diversity.

For the last 5 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. 

For a high-resolution image of Brian, click here.

J Mark Porter's picture J Mark Porter
Associate Professor, Botany
Claremont Graduate University
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Richard Ree's picture Richard Ree
Associate Curator of Flowering Plants, The Field Museum
Faculty Associate, Committee on Evolutionary Biology
University of Chicago
Michael Sanderson's picture Michael Sanderson
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona
Stephen Smith's picture Stephen Smith
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Elizabeth Spriggs's picture Elizabeth Spriggs
Putnam Fellow, Arnold Arboretum
Harvard University
George Weiblen's picture George Weiblen
Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology
Interim Scientific Director, Bell Museum of Natural History
University of Minnesota