Mentors and Projects

2020 REU Mentors and Projects

Here is a list of REU mentors and potential projects that are available for 2020. 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. Project: Effects of competition and soil microbial communities on rare perennial herbs in restored Ozark woodlands.
  • Wendy Applequist - MBG, William L. Brown Center. Project: Revisionary studies of Malagasy Salicaceae.
  • Monica Carlsen – MBG, Science & Conservation Division. Project: Ex-situ conservation of plant diversity in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s public conservatories.
  • Aaron Floden – MBG, Science & Conservation Division. Project: Investigating allopatric populations of Calamovilfa arcuata (Poaceae).
  • Iván Jiménez – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development. Project: Which phenotypic characters are most useful for species delimitation?
  • Pete Lowry – MBG, Africa & Madagascar Program with Wendy Applequist - MBG, William L. Brown Center. Project: Description of new species of Ellipanthus (Connaraceae) from Madagascar.
  • Allison Miller - Saint Louis University. Project: Building a botanical foundation for sustainable agriculture: characterizing patterns of variation and covariation in herbaceous perennials.
  • Nicole Miller-Struttmann - Webster University. Project: The role of nonnative plants in supporting common vs. declining bumble bee species in the St. Louis region.
  • Juan Moreira-Hernández - University of Missouri-St. Louis with Nathan Muchhala - University of Missouri-St. Louis. Project: Does pollen morphology reflect adaptation to fur and feathers of vertebrate pollinators? A test with bat- and hummingbird-pollinated Neotropical plants.
  • Natalie Mueller - Washington University in St. Louis. Project: Bison seed dispersal and plant domestication in ancient eastern North America.
  • Amanda Wu - University of Missouri – St. Louis with Iván Jiménez – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development. Project: Investigating the nature of a rare oak species, Maple-leaf Oak (Quercus acerifolia) using morphometric data.