2013 ASPT Research Grant Recipients:
The ASPT Honors and Awards committee received 48 highly competitive proposals. Each proposal was reviewed by panel of three impartial referees using a standardized rubric; referees were drawn from a pool of 18 ASPT member-volunteers. The Committee was careful to avoid any conflicts-of-interest in the review and award process. Scores from the external reviews were tallied and the nineteen (40%) top-ranked proposals were selected for awards based on overall availability of funds. The four highest ranked proposals were awarded with support from the named research grant funds, the remaining 15 were awarded with support from the general research grant fund.
ASPT Named Graduate Student Research Grants ($1000), in alphabetical order.
Shirley and Alan Graham Graduate Student Research Award
Fay-Wei Li, Duke University. Ph.D. project, Gene chimerism, horizontal gene transfer, and the origin of modern fern diversity. Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Pryer.
W. Hardy Eshbaugh Graduate Student Research Award
Angela Rein, Oklahoma State University. Ph.D. project, Enigmatic non-twining vines: Evolution and systematics of Matelea subgenus Chthamalia (Gonolobinae, Apocynaceae). Advisor: Dr. Mark Fishbein.
William R. Anderson Graduate Student Research Award
Heather Rose Kates, University of Florida. Ph.D. project, Reconstructing the domestication histories of pumpkins and squashes (Cucurbita) using phylogenomic techniques. Advisor: Drs. Pamela Soltis and Douglas Soltis.
Rogers McVaugh Graduate Student Research Award
Keir Michael Wefferling, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ph.D. project, Phylogeography of the Caltha leptosepala (Ranunculaceae) species complex. Advisor: Dr. Sara B. Hoot.
ASPT General Graduate Student Research Grants ($800), in alphabetical order.
Lakshmi Attigala, The Iowa State University. Ph.D. project, Understanding phylogenetics and natural hybridization in Sri Lankan temperate woody bamboos: Arundinaria (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) based on low copy nuclear markers. Advisor: Dr. Lynn Clark.
John Chau, University of Washington. Ph.D. project, Phylogeny, inflorescence evolution, and historical biogeography in Buddleja L. Advisor: Dr. Richard Olmstead.
Ryan Folk, The Ohio State University. Ph.D. project, Phylogenetic relationships in the context of hybridization: A study of the genus Heuchera (Saxifragaceae). Advisor: Dr. John V. Freudenstein.
Laura Frost, University of Washington. Ph.D. project, Evidence of phylogenetic niche shift in Citharexylum (Verbenaceae). Advisor: Dr. Richard Olmstead.
Elliot Gardner, North Western University - Chicago Botanic Garden. Ph.D. project, Population genetics and species limits of Artocarpus odoratissimus Blanco (Moraceae). Advisor: Dr. Nyree Zerega.
Gionvanny Giraldo, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ph.D. project, Molecular phylogeny and monograph of Epistephium, a key towards the understanding of the evolution of leaf venation and habitat in Vanilloideae (Orchidaceae). Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Cameron.
Iwan Mologo, University of Florida. Ph.D. project, Elucidating the polyploid complexes within Callisia Loefl. section Cuthbertia (Commelinaceae). Advisor: Drs. Pamela Soltis and Douglas Soltis.
Diego Morales-Briones, University of Idaho. Ph.D. project, Phylogeny and systematics of the genus Lachemilla (Rosaceae) in the Andes. Advisor: Dr. David Tank.
Ryan Moraski, University of Florida. Ph.D. project, Systematics and evolution of Guzmania (Bromeliaceae): exploring a Neotropical radiation with phylogenomics. Advisor: Dr. Pamela Soltis.
Matthew Pace, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ph.D. project, Phylogeography and species limits in Spiranthes (Orchidaceae): Implications and applications for conservation. Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Cameron.
Audrey Ragsac, University of Washington. Ph.D. project, Is it easier to move or evolve? Assessing the role of biome conservatism in Bignoniaceae diversification. Advisor: Dr. Richard Olmstead.
Lee Ripma, San Diego State University. M.S. project, Applying the genome skimming method in Cryptanthinae: a technique to provide within-genus resolution in Oreocarya (Boraginaceae). Advisor: Dr. Michael G. Simpson.
Marisol Sánchez-García, University of Tennessee. Ph.D. project, Systematics and evolution of the tribe Leucopaxilleae (Fungi: Agaricales). Advisor: Dr. Brandon Matheny.
Brandon Sinn, The Ohio State University. Ph.D. project, Species of a new generation: The integration of next generation sequencing, distributional, and morphological data for species delimitation. Advisor: Dr. John V. Freudenstein.
Thomas Stoughton, Claremont Graduate University - Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Ph.D. project, Evolution and systematics of Claytonia lanceolata s.l.: Untangling polyploid origins in a challenging species complex. Advisor: Dr. J. Travis Columbus.