- Email Address
- [email protected]
- Research Areas
- Research Keywords
- Research Description
My research program explores biodiversity; the variety of life across landscapes, and communities at both the organismal and molecular levels. I am particularly intrigued by new molecular techniques for exploring cryptic diversity in plants and for commercial use in medicinal product authentication.
- Research Summary
My research explores biodiversity from different perspectives and scales. We have develop molecular diagnostic tools for plant identification, including herbal product authentication and certification. Also, we contribute to the Plant Barcode of Life, investigating intra and interspecific variation in plants, and incorporate both Indigenous knowledge and DNA-based approaches to understanding diversity. In addition, I have extensively researched the effects of ecosystem management on community structure. Lastly, I am engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning and have recently looked at 1) learning objects as mechanisms of engagement, 2) active learning within large first year biology classes, and 3) ancient pedagogies.
- Techniques Used
Alpha taxonomy, morphometric techniques, modern genomics, sequencing molecular data.
- Locations of international collaborators
Mansoura University (Egypt); University of Oslo (Norway); Southwest University, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (China); Smithsonian Institution, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Michigan State University, University of Arizona, University of Tennessee, Herbalife International (USA); E.S.P.C.I., Pierre-et-Marie-Curie Paris VI University, Avignon University (France); Seoul National University, Phyzen Genomics Institute, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (Korea).