2017 ASPT Graduate Student Research Grant Winners

Jennifer Ackerfield   A prickly puzzle: Phylogeny and evolution of the  Carduus - Cirsium  group (Compositae)

Jennifer Ackerfield

A prickly puzzle: Phylogeny and evolution of the Carduus-Cirsium group (Compositae)

Jesse Adams   Systematics of three endemic and one widespread species of  Polyscias  (Araliaceae) from Kaua'i

Jesse Adams

Systematics of three endemic and one widespread species of Polyscias (Araliaceae) from Kaua'i

Prabha Amarasinghe   An integrated approach for understanding the drivers of diversification in  Memecylon  (Melastomataceae)

Prabha Amarasinghe

An integrated approach for understanding the drivers of diversification in Memecylon (Melastomataceae)

 
Nicolas Bard   The diversity of adaptation: A population genomic study of two disjunct conspecific plant taxa

Nicolas Bard

The diversity of adaptation: A population genomic study of two disjunct conspecific plant taxa

Betsy Collins   Using phylogeography of American palo santo trees ( Bursera graveolens ; Burseraceae) to reveal evolutionary patterns in American seasonally dry tropical forests

Betsy Collins

Using phylogeography of American palo santo trees (Bursera graveolens; Burseraceae) to reveal evolutionary patterns in American seasonally dry tropical forests

Alexa DiNicola   Evolution of the  Potentilla breweri  complex: adaptation, hybridization, and radiation in the Great Basin sky islands

Alexa DiNicola

Evolution of the Potentilla breweri complex: adaptation, hybridization, and radiation in the Great Basin sky islands

 
Evan Eifler   Spatial and temporal patterns of diversification in  Geissorhiza  (Iridaceae): Phylogeny, biogeography, and vulnerability in the Cape Floristic Province

Evan Eifler

Spatial and temporal patterns of diversification in Geissorhiza (Iridaceae): Phylogeny, biogeography, and vulnerability in the Cape Floristic Province

Julie Herman   A phylogenetic approach to plant chemical defense

Julie Herman

A phylogenetic approach to plant chemical defense

Rebeca Hernández-Gutiérrez   A genus-level phylogeny of the family Malvaceae  s.l.  (Malvales) from nuclear single-copy sequence data

Rebeca Hernández-Gutiérrez

A genus-level phylogeny of the family Malvaceae s.l. (Malvales) from nuclear single-copy sequence data

 
Matias   Köhler   Systematics and evolution of  Opuntia  Mill. (Cactaceae Juss.) clade Elatae, a southern South America group of species: is polyploidy correlated with species boundaries and taxon distributions?

Matias Köhler

Systematics and evolution of Opuntia Mill. (Cactaceae Juss.) clade Elatae, a southern South America group of species: is polyploidy correlated with species boundaries and taxon distributions?

Jayne Lampley   Tracing the effects of river watersheds on dispersal and diversification in native plant species: a phylogeographic and taxonomic study of  Trillium lancifolium

Jayne Lampley

Tracing the effects of river watersheds on dispersal and diversification in native plant species: a phylogeographic and taxonomic study of Trillium lancifolium

Xiaoxian Liu   Evolutionary impact of genome duplication on alternative splicing: Genome-wide assessment in a polyploid plant ( Tragopogon )

Xiaoxian Liu

Evolutionary impact of genome duplication on alternative splicing: Genome-wide assessment in a polyploid plant (Tragopogon)

 
Nicolas Medina   Untangling stranglers: testing the significance of hybridization in  Ficus  sect.  Americanae

Nicolas Medina

Untangling stranglers: testing the significance of hybridization in Ficus sect. Americanae

Eduardo Nery   An integrative taxonomic approach to the Neotropical complex  Hydrocotyle quinqueloba  Ruiz & Pav. (Araliaceae)

Eduardo Nery

An integrative taxonomic approach to the Neotropical complex Hydrocotyle quinqueloba Ruiz & Pav. (Araliaceae)

Ricardo de Oliveira Perdiz   Species delimitation and phylogeography of the  Protium aracouchini  (Aubl.) Marchand species complex

Ricardo de Oliveira Perdiz

Species delimitation and phylogeography of the Protium aracouchini (Aubl.) Marchand species complex

 
Peter Schafran   Unraveling the evolutionary relationships of allotetraploid species of  Isoetes  in eastern North America

Peter Schafran

Unraveling the evolutionary relationships of allotetraploid species of Isoetes in eastern North America

Mathew Sharples   Inferring the phylogenetic and biogeographical history of the cosmopolitan genus  Stellaria  L.

Mathew Sharples

Inferring the phylogenetic and biogeographical history of the cosmopolitan genus Stellaria L.

Andy Siekkinen   Systematics of the genus  Hechtia  (Bromeliaceae) in Northwest Mexico

Andy Siekkinen

Systematics of the genus Hechtia (Bromeliaceae) in Northwest Mexico

 
Carrie Tribble   Phylogeography and trait evolution of the ethnobotanically important  Bomarea edulis

Carrie Tribble

Phylogeography and trait evolution of the ethnobotanically important Bomarea edulis

Kathryn Uckele   Investigating the link between genetic and phytochemical variation in a juniper hybrid zone

Kathryn Uckele

Investigating the link between genetic and phytochemical variation in a juniper hybrid zone

Colby Witherup   Investigating the evolutionary history of meiosis genes in genera with diploid and polyploid clades

Colby Witherup

Investigating the evolutionary history of meiosis genes in genera with diploid and polyploid clades