Our Alumni

Organized by end date

winter_tree Risa Mcnellis is an undergraduate from Boston University working with Ailene Ettinger, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow.
maples_fall_11 Grey Monroe is a Ph.D. student at Colorado State University, Fort Collins working in the Des Marais Lab. Grey was awarded an Eden grant to come to the Arnold Arboretum for his research.
Silvia Golumbeanu Silvia Golumbeanu was a Harvard undergraduate working with Ailene Ettinger and Jessica Savage, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellows.
Hamamelis virginiana 938-37-D Nakoa Farrant was a Harvard undergraduate working in the Wolkovich Lab.
terilynacademyofsciencepic2 Terilyn Chen was a Harvard undergraduate working in the Wolkovich Lab where she will learned about phenology and ecology through hands-on work. She is interested in plants, riparian habitats and wetlands, animal law and ethics/philosophy and environmental justice issues.
Salix gracilistyla Emma Borjigin-Wang is a Harvard undergraduate working in the Wolkovich Lab.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Rubén Sancho was a PhD student at the University of Zaragosa in Spain. He worked with Dave Des Marais to sequence the transcriptome of multiple Spanish species of Brachypodium, an important model grass species.
Jan Xue Jan Xue was an undergraduate from University of British Columbia working in the Des Marais Lab. Jan was awarded an Eden grant to come to the Arnold Arboretum for her research.
Stuart Graham Stuart Graham was a master’s student in the Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Evolutionary Biology. In the Hopkins Lab, he examined the behavior of pollinators that visit two sister species of Texas wildflower – Phlox drummondii and P. cuspidata.
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ A PhD candidate at the National University of Columbia, Marcela Serna is interested in understanding the role reproductive biology plays in the response of Magnolia to climate change to aid conservation efforts.
Barry Logan Barry Logan is a professor and associate dean at Bowdoin College. Collaborating with Bowdoin College undergraduate Sara Hamilton and Dave Des Marais, he examined the photosynthetic properties and drought tolerance of multiple accessions of Brachypodium sylvaticum, an important model grass species, which is also invasive in the Pacific Northwest.
Sara Hamilton Sara Hamilton was an undergraduate from Bowdoin College working with Dave Des Marais and Barry Logan in the summer of 2015.
Andrew_03-05-14sq A geneticist at the USDA Forest Service and a Sargent Award recipient, Andrew Groover performed RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) on cambium and wood forming tissues of diverse trees in the Arboretum. Potentially important regulatory genes expressed in these tissues will be identified and analyzed as a first step to understanding the evolution of woody growth.
RosanneHealyTrufflingFSP2009 Rosanne Healy, Sargent Award recipient and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota, focused on ectomycorrhizal fungi that are present on roots of trees in well-spaced habitats like the Arboretum. She sequenced, identified and compared the fungal partners on the roots of Oak trees present at the Arboretum with those at the Harvest Forest.
Abby Hird Conservation of threatened plant species is of great interest to Abby Hird. As a scientist for Botanic Gardens Conservation International–United States (BGCI-US), she collaborated with the Arnold Arboretum to implement the recommendations of the North American Collections Assessment. The goal is to preserve threatened taxa and increase genetic diversity by growing threatened plants in the living collection of the Arboretum and other botanical gardens.
Magaly sq Magaly Gutierrez is a Harvard undergraduate student that worked in the Wolkovich Lab.
Julia Paltseva was a summer research assistant in the Wolkovich Lab. She assisted in setting up lab and field experiments both at the Arboretum and at the Harvard Forest.
Kate Morozova Profile A recent graduate from the University of Connecticut, Kate Morozova was a Research Assistant in the Friedman Lab. One project that she was involved with was to examine the surface structure of Ginkgo biloba using scanning electron microscopy.
Ling Guo is a curator at the Beijing Botanic Garden and a Jewett Prize recipient. Utilizing the Arboretum’s Malus collection, she conducted research to improve the databases and knowledge of ornamental crabapples as a Registration Authority. Her database will focus on the flowers of Malus to improve the understanding of flowering time.
Utilizing the conifer collection, Guangyou Hao, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow, studied the differences in the structural, physiological, and mechanical properties of water transport and xylem hydraulics between evergreen and deciduous conifers (which shed their leaves). Guangyou is now a Research Professor at the Institute of Applied Ecology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Ursula_King Ursula King is a PhD student at the University of Connecticut, interested in the evolution of aquatic plants. Specifically, she is developing molecular markers to explore the population dynamics and reproductive biology of Najas flexilis (Hydrocharitaceae), a monoecious, freshwater annual, in which pollination is entirely underwater. As a visiting fellow in the Friedman Lab, Ursula learned techniques to observe ovule development in this species.
Harvard Forest E. C. Jeffrey Professor of Biology, Emeritus Barry Tomlinson has done extensive research on developmental morphology of pollen and cones in conifers. He collaborated with the Arboretum to investigate the composition and role of pollination drops in conifers.
Iñaki Hormaza from La Mayora Experimental Station in Malaga, Spain, is interested in flower and fruit development and pollen-pistil interactions. He spent time at the Arnold Arboretum studying the Rosaceae collection.
Sarah Mathews was a Sargent Fellow and principal investigator at the Arnold Arboretum. She is interested in plant phylogenetics and in the question of how changes in light-sensing systems have influenced the ability of plants to survive and diversify. The Mathews Lab uses phylogenetic, genetic, and comparative physiological approaches to explore the links between molecular and functional evolution in the phytochrome photoreceptor family.
A PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne in Australia, Stephanie Conway is interested in the role of the shoot apical meristem in the evolution of shoot architecture. As a visiting fellow in the Friedman Lab, she focused on shoot apical meristems utilizing the extensive collection of gymnosperms at the Arboretum.
Julien Bachelier Julien Bachelier was a post-doctoral fellow in the Friedman Lab. His work focuses on the evolution of seed plants, particularly in the origin of flowering plants and the evolutionary development of flower and carpel. Julien’s thesis investigations compared the structure and development of flowers in closely related families such the Anacardiaceae and the Burseraceae.
A visiting scholar in the Friedman Lab, Biao Jin, Associate Professor at Yangzhou University, is interested in exploring the evolution of reproductive biology from gymosperms to angiosperms.
Jorge Lora is a Jewett Prize Recipient and a post-doctoral fellow with Professors Iñaki Hormaza and Maria Herrero at Experimental Research Stations – CSIC, Spain. Using members of the Arboretum’s Rosaceae collection, he compared ovule morphology from the earliest stages to maturity as well as the expression pattern of a gene thought to be important in ovule development.
Francesca Secchi The research of Francesca Secchi, a postdoctoral researcher in the Zwieniecki Lab, aims at understanding the principles of the biological function of vascular systems in plants. Her current research is focused on embolism formation and refilling using molecular, physiological, and biophysical approaches.
durio Arnold Arboretum Sargent Fellow Maciej Zwieniecki addresses the structure, surface chemistry, and mechanical properties of the network of fluid conduits in plants. The Zwieniecki Lab studies the specialized cells that distribute water, solutes, and energy over long distances, as well as how the terminal exchange surfaces (roots and leaves) interface with the environment.
Stuart Davies Stuart Davies is the director of the Center for Tropical Forest Science at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He is interested in the ecology and evolution of tropical rainforests. Using a global network of large-scale long-term forest monitoring plots, he is investigating how environmental variation and change affect the diversity and dynamics of forests.
Noeline Morrissey The research of Noeline Morrissey, a master’s student in the Friedman Lab, focused on trichome morphology and development. Comparing the multiple forms of trichomes in hops (Humulus lupulus) and related genera should shed light on the evolution of these highly specialized structures.
Erica Fadon is a PhD student in the Herrero Lab at the Pomology Department of the Aula Dei Experimental Station–CSIC, Spain. Using the Arboretum’s living collection, Erica closely examined the development of sweet cherry flowers (Prunus avium) in order to determine which stage the flowers undergo winter dormancy.
HughMcAllister Hugh McAllister, honorary lecturer at the University of Liverpool, is interested in examining the evolutionary relationships of species within genera. By comparing chromosome numbers, he seeks to clarify the relationships between diploid and polyploid species. Visits to the Arnold Arboretum and the Harvard University Herbaria have led to the publication of monographs on genera Betula and Sorbus.
Elizabeth Ryan is an undergraduate student at Brown University working with Dov Sax. As an Arboretum Visiting Fellow, she worked with Michael Dosmann to research plant distributions in the face of climate change. pdf »
Kang Min Ngo is a research assistant for the CTFS. Based in Singapore, she is interested in understanding the role of forests in a changing climate, particularly through carbon sequestration.
Jessica Savage is a post-doctoral fellow in the Holbrook Lab at Harvard University and collaborated with Maciej Zwieniecki to study phloem loading in trees and vines. Her background is in plant hydraulics and ecophysiology.
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University From the University of Melbourne, Australia, the research of Denise Johnstone focuses on the physiological mechanisms involved in drought response in urban trees. As a visiting scholar in the Zwieniecki Lab, she examined xylem physiology during drought stress.
As a graduate in the Diggle Lab at the University of Colorado, Rob Baker focused on the evolution of shoot architecture by examining the molecular developmental pathways within and among populations, where genetic divergence, adaptation, and speciation occur. Specifically, he examined natural variation in shoot architecture patterning in Mimulus gattatus. Currently, he is a post-doc in Cynthia Weinig’s lab at the University of Wyoming.
David Kenfack is the coordinator for the Center for Tropical Forest Science-Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatory (CTFS–SIGEO) Africa Program. His primary interests are the use of plant systematics to explore species limits and exploring the ecological processes that explain tropical forest dynamics in Africa.
Elena Kramer is a professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. The Kramer Lab is interested in the evolution of plant developmental genetics with a particular focus on floral evolution. Elena spent her sabbatical at the Weld Hill Research Building of the Arnold Arboretum, primarily writing but also taking advantage of the Arboretum’s microscopes and beautiful surroundings.
Brian Morgan Brian Morgan was an Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow, and his research focused on the use of geographic information systems (GIS) technology as a management and decision-making tool for public gardens. Brian created a GIS platform for the Arnold Arboretum based on the ArcGIS Public Garden Data Model, and created a web-based application for performing collections research. He is the director of the Alliance for Public Gardens GIS.
Erin Kurten was a post-doctoral fellow working with Stuart Davies and CTFS-AA. Erin’s work focuses on tropical plant community ecology and the interactions which underlie community assembly processes and biogeographic patterns. With CTFS, Erin investigated how tree species adapt their phenology in response to drought stress in the seasonally-dry tropical forests of Southeast Asia.
Juan Losada Juan M. Losada is a graduate student in the Pomology Department of the Aula Dei Experimental Station–CSIC, Spain. He is interested in the events between pollination and fertilization, primarily the role of arabinogalactan proteins in pollen-pistil interactions in Malus. During his stay at the Arboretum, he worked with Ned Friedman to expand his dissertation studies to include Magnolia and Stewartia.
Iñaki Hormaza from La Mayora Experimental Station in Malaga, Spain, is interested in flower and fruit development and pollen-pistil interactions. He spent his summer at the Arnold Arboretum studying the Rosaceae collection.
Emily Scherbatskoy was a Deland Award recipient working in the Friedman Lab with Julien Bachelier. In an effort to shed light on the evolution of female gametophyte development, her research focused on the comparative morphology of female gametophytes in diverse conifers.