Mentors and Projects
Plant Systematics, Conservation Biology, and Ethnobotany

2016 REU Mentors and Projects

Here is a list of REU mentors and potential projects that are available for 2016. On your application, please request three mentors and projects. Following acceptance, mentor assignment is based on student requests, mentor input, and what we hope will be good matches.

  • Tom Croat – MBG, Plant Systematics, Araceae. Project: Revisionary taxonomy of Anthurium (Araceae) sections in Ecuador.
  • Tom Croat – MBG, Plant Systematics, Araceae. Project: Development of Lucid keys for genera of Araceae.
  • J. Leighton Reid – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Restoration Ecology. Project: Bird community changes during tropical forest restoration, Costa Rica (2009-2015).
  • Allison Miller – St. Louis University, Population Genetics, Crop Development. Project: Building a botanical foundation for sustainable agriculture: ethnobotany, morphology, geography, and population genetics of emerging crops.
  • Wendy Applequist – MBG, Plant Systematics. Project: Description of new species of Homalium from Madagascar.
  • J. Sebastián Tello – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Biodiversity. Project: Sampling effects, regional species pools, and the role of unseen species.
  • Wendy Applequist – MBG, William L. Brown Center, Ethnobotany. Project: Ethnobotanical change in response to cultural disruption: the case of the Crow Creek Reservation.
  • J. Leighton Reid – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Restoration Ecology. Project: Forest restoration effects on herbaceous plants at Shaw Nature Reserve, Missouri.
  • Christine Edwards – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Population Genetics. Project: Genetic diversity in the threatened species Missouri bladderpod (Physaria filiformis).
  • Iván Jiménez, with Oyomoare Osazuwa-Peters – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Biodiversity. Project: Performance of rarefaction as an approach to account for botanical collection effort in estimates of broad-scale patterns of plant species richness.
  • Libing Zhang – MBG, Plant Systematics, Pteridophytes. Project: Using molecular and morphological data to discover cryptic speciation in the holly fern genus Polystichum (Dryopteridaceae) in limestone caves in Asia.
  • Robbie Hart – MBG, William L. Brown Center, Climate Change. Project: Climate Change and Plant Phenology.