People in Nickrent Lab
I am interested in taking graduate students who have a desire to study plant systematics and phylogeny, but at present I have no funds to support them as a Research Assistant. Students may apply to the Department of Plant Biology and compete for Teaching Assistantship slots. Students with exceptional records should also consider and SIUC Graduate Fellowship.
Current Graduate Students
Alicia Bamber (co-advised with Matt Geisler)
Past Graduate Students
Romina Vidal Russell
(Ph.D. 2007). The first aerial parasites in the sandalwood order (Santalales): molecular phylogenetic and biogeographic investigations.
Photo of Romina
in the lab. Romina is currently a professor at Universidad Nacional del Comahue in Bariloche Argentina (web page
Guillermo C. Amico
(Ph.D. student at
Universidad Nacional del Comahue
, Centro Regional Universitario Bariloche; 2002 to present). Topic: Population genetics and phylogeny of
Photo of "Guille"
. Guille is currently a professor at Universidad Nacional del Comahue in Bariloche Argentina.
Joshua P. Der
(M.S. student, 2003-2005).
Photo of Josh
while participating in the OTS course in Costa Rica. Josh won the
2005 Outstanding Masters Thesis Award
given by the SIUC Alumni Association. His thesis was entitled "Molecular Phylogenetics and Classification of Santalaceae." Go
to read more. He is currently a post-doctoral scholar in the Biology Department at Pennsylvania State University.
(M.S. 2002). Title of thesis: "Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of Loranthaceae (Santalales) inferred from
Photo of "Jony"
Danny J. Gustafson
(Ph.D. 2000). Title of dissertation: "Genetic and competition studies of
from remnant and restored tallgrass prairies."
Photo of Danny
. He is currently an Associate Professor in
Biology at The Citadel
Dr. Valéry Malécot
. (1998 to present). Ph.D. from Laboratoire de Paleobotanique, Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Currently in the Département de Sciences Biologiques at the Institut National d'Horticulture, Angers, France. Molecular phylogeny of Olacaceae (Santalales).
Photo of Valéry
at a computer in Paris.
Dr. Miguel A. García
(2001to present). Currently at the
Real Jardín Botánico
, Madrid Spain Molecular phylogenetic and evolutionary studies of parasitic plants.
Photo of Miguel
with two of his favorite organisms (Mari-Paz and
Miguel's web page
Dr. R. Joel Duff
(Postdoc 1995 to 1999). Currently an Associate Professor at the University of Akron.
Photo of Joel
Joel's web page.
Dr. Albert Blarer
(1999 to 2004). Ph.D. Institute for Systematic Botany, Zurich, Switzerland. Molecular phylogeny of Rafflesiales.
Photo of Albert
Dr. María-Paz Martín Esteban
. (2001). Department of Mycology,
Real Jardín Botánico
, Madrid Spain.
Photo of Mari-Paz
among the Texas wildflowers.
Mari-Paz's web page
Past Research Technicians
Erica Nicholson (1999- 2000)
Jennifer A. Patrick (1995-1997)
Ellen M. Starr (1992-1995)
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