Daniel L. Nickrent
In 1974-75, I conducted my first year of undergraduate study at Illinois State University in my home town of Normal, Illinois. After replying to an advertisement to conduct floristic work in the Great Dismal Swamp as an NSF Undergraduate Research Participant, I spent a summer working with Dr. Lytton Musselman at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA where my interest in botany emerged. I then returned to Illinois and finished my undergraduate work in the Botany Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1977. Having had such a great time with Dr. Musselman, I returned to Old Dominion University and began working on ferns (Dryopteris). During the summer of 1978, an opportunity arose to work with the USDA on Striga in North Carolina, and so began my interest in parasitic plants. In 1979 I received my M.S. degree in Biology from ODU. After a brief time at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, I switched to the Department of Botany at Miami University, Oxford OH where I began pursuing a Ph.D. with Dr. W. Hardy Eshbaugh (Botany) and Dr. Sheldon Guttman (Zoology). Although I originally began working on haustorial development in a hemiparasitic member of Orobanchaceae (Dasistoma), I switched to looking at systematic relationships in Arceuthobium (Viscaceae) using isozymes. In 1984 I received my Ph.D. in Botany from Miami University. From 1984 to 1990 I was an Assistant Professor and Director of the Herbarium at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. In 1986 I became an Affiliate Professional Scientist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. In 1990 I joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993. In 2003 I was promoted to Professor.
I am currently a member of a number of professional societies including the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Botanical Society of America. One could categorize me as an avid botanist who loves the combination of laboratory and field work. My research often takes me to distant parts of the world where new cultures and environments can be studied and enjoyed. In my spare time (is there really any such thing?!) I enjoy hiking, canoeing, camping, wood sculpture, gardening, photography, and guitar.