I am an assistant professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University. I am also the curator of the herbarium MISSA.
I work on plant biodiversity from evolutionary and ecological perspectives and have a special interest in bioinformatics approaches that use herbarium specimens and other biocollections data. Hobbies!Illustrations!
Carol comes to us from the Mandel lab at the University of Memphis, having previously done undergrad, masters, and PhD degrees at the Universidade de São Paulo. She is an expert in composite and legume systematics as well as plant phylogenomics.
She will be working with us on understanding the origins and ecology of nitrogen-fixing symbioses with bioinformatics approaches.
Nick is interested broadly in plant systematics and has a background in herbarium work from his undergraduate studies at the University of South Alabama.
For his PhD, he will be studying species limits and hybridization in Heuchera in the Southeast, both from genomic and phenotypic perspectives.
This could be you! We are searching for graduate students and recruiting now for Fall 2021! Contact me about opportunities and projects!
Matt has been working in the lab since Fall 2019 and has helped us build tons of libraries and extract DNA, mostly with the Heuchera project. He's an expert at the magnet!
Stephanie has been working in the lab and herbarium since Fall 2019 on a number of projects with Heuchera,Symphyotrichum, and the nitrogen-fixing clade, including phylogenomics and trait scoring on herbarium specimens. She is also one of our best plant mounters!
This could also be you! We have many opportunities in the lab for motivated undergraduates who need research experience in the life sciences, including REU positions funded by the National Science Foundation!