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Nisa Karimi, Ph.D.
Nisa Karimi, Ph.D.

Assistant Scientist, MBG
Africa and Madagascar

Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Botany
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office phone: + 1 (314) 577-9453

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.S., The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Malvaceae Systematics Flora of continental Africa and Madagascar Species delimitation, geographic patterns of gene flow, and implications for conservation Mechanisms of plant diversification from populations to higher taxonomic levels Pollination ecology, plant-pollinator interactions In situ and ex situ conservation
Available upon request
Karimi N., Baum D.A., Razanamaro O.H., Leong Pock Tsy J.M., and Danthu P. Malvaceae, Adansonia, Baobab. In Second Edition of The Natural History of Madagascar (Steve M. Goodman and Laurent Gautier, eds.), Chicago University Press, Chicago, IL. In press. Karimi N., Grover C.E., Gallagher J.P., Conover J.L., Miller E.R., Wendel J.F., Baum D.A. 2022. Genetic Diversity of the Malagasy Baobabs. Adansonia (Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle). Karimi N., Saghafi S., Keefover-Ring K., Venter S., Baum D.A. Evidence of hawkmoth pollination in the chiropterophilous African baobab (Adansonia digitata). 2021. Biotropica. Karimi N., Grover C.E., Wendel J.F., Ane C., Baum D.A. 2020. Reticulate evolution helps explain apparent homoplasy in floral biology and pollination in baobabs (Adansonia; Bombacoideae; Malvaceae). Systematic Biology. 69: 462–478. Conover* J.L., Karimi* N., Ane C., Stenz N., Grover C.E., Tate J.A., Skema C., Logan S., Wolff K., Wendel J.F., Baum D.A. 2019. A Malvaceae mystery: a mallow maelstrom of genome multiplications and maybe misleading methods? Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. 61: 12-31. *Denotes co-first authors. Mayne D., Karimi N., Cruywagen E.M., Cole P., Goodall V. Baobabs at the edge: 90-year dynamics of climate variability, growth, resilience, and evolutionary legacy effects. Frontiers: Forest and Global Change. Spalink D., Karimi N., Richards J., Eifler E., Givnish T. "Short-distance gene flow and morphological divergence in Eschscholzia parishii (Papaveraceae): implications for speciation in desert winter annuals" Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. Karimi N., Larkin D., Barak B., Glasenhardt M-C, Hipp, A. 2021. Selection on functional traits drive compositional divergence. Journal of Ecology. Barak* B. & Karimi* N., Glasenhardt M-C, Larkin D., Hipp A. Similar phylogenetic and functional diversity, but lower species richness, in prairie plots planted from seeds versus plugs. Journal of Restoration Ecology. In press. *Denotes co-first authors. Karimi N., Parks B., Rouse D., Martin K., Dong X., Rajangam P.C., Baum D., Heitz J. Building Trees: Introducing evolutionary concepts by exploring Crassulaceae phylogeny and biogeography. 2017. CourseSource. Venter S.M., Glennon K.L., Witkowski E.T.F., Baum D.A., Cron G.V., Tivakudze R. and Karimi, N., 2017. Baobabs (Adansonia digitata L.) are self-incompatible and ‘male’ trees can produce fruit if hand-pollinated. South African Journal of Botany. 109: 263-268. Cron* G.V., Karimi* N., Glennon K. L., Chukwudi U., Witkowski E. T. F., Venter S. M., Assogbadjo A. E., Mayne D., Baum D. A. 2016. One African baobab species or two? Synonymy of Adansonia kilima and A. digitata. Taxon, 65: 1037-1049. *Denotes co-first authors. Flowering Plants of Africa, Volume 64. South African National Biodiversity Institute, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-928224-03-7. (Contributed distribution information for Adansonia za and photographs of A. za and A. madagascariensis.)