Mentors and Projects

2021 REU Mentors and Projects

Here is a list of REU mentors and potential projects that are available for 2021. 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.

  • Wendy Applequist – MBG, William L. Brown Center. Project: Taxonomic revisionary study of Dombeya sect. Dombeya (Malvaceae) in Madagascar.
  • Matthew Austin – Living Earth Collaborative. Project: Investigating the fitness effects of novel species interactions: Does interspecific pollen transfer reduce seed set?
  • Monica Carlsen – MBG, Science & Conservation Division. Project: Biogeography and conservation risks in Heliconia (Heliconiaceae).
  • Monica Carlsen – MBG, Science & Conservation Division. Project: Species diversification in the tropics within the order Zingiberales.
  • Aaron Floden – MBG, Science & Conservation Division. Project: Investigating allopatric populations of Calamovilfa arcuata (Poaceae).
  • Robbie Hart – MBG, William L. Brown Center with Peter Wyse Jackson - MBG, President. Project: Comparative Ozark Ethnobotany.
  • Iván Jiménez – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development. Project: Interactive, probabilistic key for the Espeletia species from páramo de Sumapaz.
  • Iván Jiménez – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development. Project: Is variation in leaf shape discrete? A test with Espeletia.
  • Andrew Kaul – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development with Matthew Albrecht – MBG, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development. Project: Identifying regional- and restoration species pools for restoration of the Ozark Highlands.
  • 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.
  • Charlotte M. Taylor – MBG, Science & Conservation Division. Project: How do Related Plant Species Manage to Live Together?