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wise application of scientific expertise and resources




MBG scientists: how warming could affect Saint Louis Flora (10/24/2022)

Adam Smith, Andrew Wyatt, and Daria McKelvey,  were interviewed by St. Louis Magazine.

Welcome Lauren

Lauren Jenkins is an NSF-sponsored “post-  baccalaureate” who graduated this past summer from Wheaton College.  Lauren is comparing how well ecological niche models and pollen-vegetation models reconstruct biogeographic history of trees (e.g., where glacial refugia were located and how quickly they migrated as glaciers retreated). She works together with Adam Smith.

Webinar with 400 viewersAdam Smith, Stephen Murphy, and Kelley Ericson completed a webinar on using herbarium and museum data in ecology that was attended by 400 viewers.  Information on the webinar, including a recording, can be found here.

Genome Publication Award 2019

Dr. Christy Edwards won with her publication: "Evaluating the efficacy of sample collection approaches and DNA metabarcoding for identifying the diversity of plants utilized by nectivorous bats"  (Genome, 2019,62(1): 19–29, https://doi.org/10.1139/gen-2018-0102) the Genome publication Award 2019 from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Research Press.

Congratulation to Isabel and Serena
Isabela Loza and Serena Acha defended their PhD Thesis at UMSL. Both came from the Madidi Project to our department. Isabela was co-advised by Ivan Jimenez and Serena by Christy Edwards.



Adam Smith on NPR
Botanical Garden looks at effects of climate change on Midwest plants


Award for Rodolfo Vasquez

Rodolfo Vasquez, director of our program in Peru,   was honored by the botanical and conservation  communities in an event in his honor, organized by   the Universidad Agraria La Molina in Lima.
He was also honored by the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment on the occasion of the celebration of the XXXIII Anniversary of the creation of the Yanachaga-Chemillen National Park for his contributions to the conservation of the Park.

List of Fellowship winners 2020

 Please find it here.



 We welcome Belen Alvestegui from Bolivia and William Farfan-Rios from Peru at CCSD. Belen recently finished a bachelor’s degree in biology at Universidad Mayor de San Andes in La Paz Bolivia as part of the Madidi Project. She is now pursuing a master’s degree at UMSL thanks to a Davidson & Christoph fellowship from CCSD and a Christensen fellowship from the Harris Center at UMSL. She will be studying how species traits in flowers, leaves and wood determine their rarity in Andean forests. William recently graduated with a Ph.D. from Wake Forest University, where he studied how climate change affects forests in Peru. As a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Living Earth Collaborative, William will collaborate with Jonathan A. Myers and J. Sebastian Tello to expand his research and study the responses of species and ecosystems to environmental change across the tropical Andes, a major biodiversity hotspot.

 CCSD members presented at SLEEC 2019

Brigette William (PhD student at SLU), Serena Acha (PhD student at UMSL), Stephen  Murphy (PostDoc) and Burgund Bassuner (Science Specialist) participated and presented at the St. Louis Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation (SLEEC) at the Louis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL, September 21, 2019.


 REU Students at CCSD



Mahala Lorenzo (M. Albrecht, L. Reed), Amy Ann (I Jimenez), and Dorrie Wamser (Christy Edwards) were our 2019 REU students.

Thesis Defense and Welcome at CCSD


Alex Linan defended his PhD thesis at st. Louis University April 23, 2019.
He was co-advised by Dr. Christy Edwards (MBG) and Dr. Allison Miller (SLU). Alex started to work as a post-doc with Dr. Christy Edward and Dr. Sebastian Tello at CCSD on the Madidi Project at the beginning of August.

Star Award
We congratulate Matthew Albrecht, who received this year's prestigious Star Award at the Center for Plant Conservation National Meeting in Chicago, May 3.


 Cities as "arks" for biodiversity

 Adam Smith, our Global Change ecologist, was interviewed by a reporter for an article on using cities as “arks” for biodiversity. 

Grand from National Geographic

Ivan Jimenez received a grant from National Geographic to support a study of how species of Espeletia, a genus endemic to the northern Andes, respond to global change. An interesting aspect of this project is that it uses anthropogenic impacts to the conservation of high elevation environments. Ivan and his collaborators, César A. Marín, from Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis and Carlos Arturo Lora, from Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia will use satellite data and field observations to conduct the study. 

 Grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)

CCSD’s conservation genetics lab got funding approved for a new project with the title
“The effect of genetic diversity on fecundity in Mead’s milkweed (Asclepias meadii)”.
Christy Edwards and Matthew Albrecht are leading the project in collaboration with the Mead’s milkweed recovery team including MDC Resource Science Division, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), Missouri Department of Natural Resources, United States Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Missouri Prairie Foundation, Kansas Biological Survey, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey, and other agency biologists that manage Mead’s milkweed populations. A technician will be hired at the beginning of 2018 to manage the elaborative field work and genetic analysis of the plants.






R Workshop 2019


The last Basic R Workshop was held at the Garden in June 2019. Please follow the link to learn more.

Conservation Genetics Projects

Learn more about the current projects in our Conservation Genetics Lab

CCSD Booklet


2020 applications

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