Mentors and Projects
Plant Systematics, Conservation Biology, and Ethnobotany

2017 REU Mentors and Projects

Here is a list of REU mentors and potential projects that are available for 2017. On your application, please request three mentors and projects. Assignment of accepted students to mentors will be based upon student requests, mentor input, and any special qualifications needed for individual projects.

  • Matthew Albrecht – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Restoration Ecology. Project: Vegetation recovery in slash-pile scars following restoration of an Ozark woodland.
  • Wendy Applequist – MBG, Plant Systematics. Project: Taxonomy of the Homalium albiflorum species complex and description of new species.
  • Tom Croat – MBG, Plant Systematics, Araceae. Project: Revision of Anthurium sects. Belolonchium and Calomystrium for the Lita-San Lorenzo Region (Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador). [Available to up to two students.]
  • Christine Edwards – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Population Genetics. Project: Understanding species boundaries, hybridization, and genetic diversity in Hibiscus species endemic to the Mascarene Islands.
  • Iván Jiménez, with Oyomoare Osazuwa-Peters – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Biodiversity. Project: Where on earth do undiscovered species occur? [Available to up to two collaborating students.]
  • 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. [Available to up to two students.]
  • J. Leighton Reid – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Restoration Ecology. Project: Monitoring bird nesting success over time at Shaw Nature Reserve.
  • Charlotte M. Taylor – MBG, Plant Systematics, Rubiaceae. Project: Taxonomic review of the genus Hippotis in Peru and Ecuador.