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New funding from the NSF Macrosystems Biology Program! Landscape genetics of upland prairie plants and climate change ecology.
Rhode Ward, J. M., M. L. Cowart, J. Clifford, M. Camp, and M. B. Cruzan. 2014. Variation in sex allocation and floral morphology in an expanding distylous plant hybrid complex Int. J. Plant Sci. In press.
Cheeke, T.E., M.B. Cruzan, and T.N. Rosenstiel. 2013.
A field evaluation of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal
colonization in Bt and non-Bt maize.
Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Fox, S. E., J. Preece, J. A. Kimbrel, G. L. Marchini, A. Sage, K. Youens-Clark, M. B. Cruzan, and P. Jaiswal. 2013. Sequencing, assembly and characterization of a transcriptome resource for Brachypodium sylvaticum (Poaceae). Applications in the Plant Sciences 1:1200011.
Anton, K. A., J. M. Rhode Ward, and M. B. Cruzan. 2013. Pollinator-mediated selection on floral morphology: evidence for transgressive evolution in derived hybrid populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.26:660-673.
Sochacki, P., J. Rhode Ward, and M.B. Cruzan.
2013. Consequences of mycorrhizal colonization for Piriqueta
morphotypes under drought stress. International
Journal of Plant Sciences 174:65-73.
We utilize ecological, molecular genetic, and
numerical techniques in field and greenhouse studies to
address questions in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Our research interests include evaluation of hybridization
as an evolutionary stimulus, the evolutionary dynamics of
invasion, the ecology and evolution of mutualisms, and
landscape genetics of upland prairie species in the context
of range responses to climate change. We are currently
focused on the invasive false brome (Brachypodium
sylvaticum) as a model system for investigating
fundamental questions in ecology and evolution.
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