Plant Systematics, Conservation Biology, and Ethnobotany

REU Group Japanese Garden
From Left to Right: Austin Lynn; Anthony Myers; Rachel Hillabrand; Efraín Martinez; Sunshine Claymore; Emily Ehrenstrom; Sandra Arango-Caro; Erin Skornia; Livingstone Nganga; Sharon Carter; Krystal Chandler

Participants and Projects

Austin Lynn, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
Ecology of the invasion of Ligusticum obtusifolium in the Shaw Nature Reserve: Examining biotic and abiotic factors
Mentor: Dr. Sandra Arango-Caro

Anthony Myers, Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO
The microscopic study of morphological variation within seeds of Passiflora
Mentor: Dr. Peter Jørgensen

Rachel Hillabrand, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Evaluating anatomical seed characters in the Loosestrife Family (Lythraceae)
Mentor: Dr. Shirley Graham

Efraín Martinez, University of Puerto Rico at Humacao, PR
Contributions toward a revision of Anthurium Sect. Polyneurium, new species from South America
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Croat

Sunshine Claymore, Sitting Bull College, Mobridge, SD
Ethno-veterinary treatment of horses by the Great Sioux Nation
Mentor: Karen Walker

Emily Ehrenstrom, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
The role of edaphic substrate and precipitation on early life history stages in Leavanworthia 
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Albrecht

Dr. Sandra Arango-Caro, REU Co-PI and Coordinator

Erin Skornia, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO
Principal components analysis of morphological variation in the Ptelea trifoliata species complex
Mentor: Dr. Wendy Applequist

Livingstone Nganga, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO
DNA barcoding of plants at the Shaw Nature Reserve using matK and rbcL gene sequences: How effective is it at identifying species?
Mentor: Dr. David Bogler
Abstract; Presentation

Sharon Carter, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Scanning electron microscope (SEM) study of pollen and trichome variation in Heliophila (Brassicaceae)
Mentor: Dr. Ihsan Al-Shehbaz

Krystal Chandler, Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO
Localized Herbal Production
Mentor: Dr. Wendy Applequist