TitleAssistant Professor / Herbarium Director
Office BuildingEdgar S. McFadden Biostress Lab
Mailing AddressMcFadden Biostress Laboratory 138
Natural Resource Management-Box 2140B
Brookings, SD 57007
BiographyIf you would like my CV or more information, please feel free to contact me at my sdstate email address noted above. Thank you!
EducationPhD, Biology. 2013. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
BS, Anthropology-Zoology. 2005. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Academic ResponsibilitiesDirector of the Taylor Herbarium
Grasses and Grasslike Plants (BOT 405-505)
Range Plant Identification (RANG 210)
Plant Systematics (BOT 301)
Professional MembershipsAmerican Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT)
Botanical Society of America (BSA)
Society of Herbarium Curators (SHC)
Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB)
Work ExperiencePostdoctoral Researcher. University of Idaho, Department of Biological Sciences. 2014-2017.
Lecturer. University of Idaho, Department of Biological Sciences. 2016.
Laboratory Manager. Harvard University, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. 2005-2007.
Area(s) of ResearchI build phylogenies (hypotheses about evolutionary history) using molecular data to understand patterns of plant biodiversity at multiple scales-- from deep divergences in the flowering plant tree of life, to recent speciation and hybridization events. Much of my work has been focused within the Orobanchaceae, the largest clade of parasitic angiosperms.
I am also interested in plant community assembly, floristics, and managing natural history collections.