Visiting Scientists

Our Visiting and Associated Scientists

Boufford Dave Boufford, senior research scientist at the HUH, has been leading exhibitions to Asia since 1977. Along with several colleagues, he is undertaking a survey of the plant and fungal diversity of the Hengduan Mountain region in southwestern China, one of the world’s hotspots of biodiversity. His expeditions in unexplored and underexplored regions complement collections made in the first half of the twentieth century by Joseph Rock, TT Yü, C. W. Wang, R. C. Ching, and others.
Anthony R. Brach, editor at the Missouri Botanical Garden and research associate for the Harvard University Herbaria, has a strong interest in the plants of Asia including their taxonomy, identification, and ecology. An editor of the Flora of China Project, he is interested in exploring the digitization and creation of web-based floras and interactive identification keys.
Goldsmith Brook, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States Jonathan Davies is an Associate Professor at McGill University in Canada. His work broadly addresses questions related to the distribution of biodiversity and the challenges posed to its conservation through recent changes to the environment.
Ailene Ettinger Ailene Ettinger, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow and NSF Fellow, focuses on predicting the response and sensitivity of plants to a changing climate. By examining diverse trees growing in a common environment, she can identify functional traits that are important for success outside their historical conditions.
Dan Flynn- sq Dan Flynn is an associate in the Wolkovich Lab. He is interested in understanding the processes in which plant communities assemble and disassemble and how this will influence the ability of ecosystems to adapt to global climate change.
Lorna-Gibson A professor at MIT, the research of Lorna Gibson is focused on the mechanics of materials with a cellular structure such as engineering honeycombs and foams, natural materials such as wood, leaves and bamboo and medical materials such as trabecular bone and tissue engineering scaffolds.
Hutyra An associate professor at Boston University, Lucy Hutyra focuses on understanding the carbon cycle in an urban environment with research sites across Boston including the Arnold Arboretum.
Jianhua Li Jianhua Li is an associate professor of biology at Hope College and former Arnold Arboretum senior scientist. As a Sargent Award Recipient, Jianhua will focus on the reconstruction of the early tree of life of Acer. The evolutionary relationships of this important and diverse tree genus has, thus far, remained largely unresolved hindering our understanding of the natural history of maples.
Meng Li Meng Li, a Ph.D student in the Chengdu Institute of Biology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is interested in the role of hybridization on species diversification.  As part of his Hu Award, Li will spend one year at the Arboretum to examine hybridization in Sorbus.
Barry Logan Barry Logan is a professor and associate dean at Bowdoin College. Collaborating with Dave Des Marais, they will examine divergent host spruce responses to parasitic dwarf mistletoe infection.
Jon Mahoney As part of the Aronia breeding program, Jonathan Mahoney, a Deland Award Recipient and Master’s student at the University of Connecticut, is investigating the mating systems and compatibility issues of intergeneric hybridization between Aronia and related taxa.
Morgan Moeglein Morgan Moeglein is graduate student in the Edwards Lab at Brown University. She is studying the environmental and genetic factors governing leaf shape in the genus Viburnum utilizing the living collection of the Arnold Arboretum.
The research interests of Cary Pirone, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow, lay primarily in understanding how chemical signals mediate biological phenomena. She is exploring the complexities of pollination drops (ovular secretions) of several conifer species and ginkgo using biochemical and anatomical approaches.
Meri Bond - Magnolia A post-doctoral fellow at Yale University and a Jewett Prize Recipient, the research of Adam Roddy focuses on the physiological aspects of the evolution of flowering plants. Examining 25 species of basal angiosperms in the Arboretum’s living collections, Adam will measure physiological traits associated with water balance to examine the trade-offs between water transport, water storage, and the ability to maintain turgid and showy flowers.
Dan Sullivan Dan Sullivan, a Sargent Award Recipient, is developing cheap and efficient techniques for extracting DNA from newly emerging leaves or silica dried leaves followed by PCR and sequencing. He is testing his methods on more than 60 Acer species from the Arboretum collections.
Alex Susko A PhD candidate from the University of Minnesota and a Deland Award Recipient, the research of Alexander Susko focuses on abiotic stress tolerance in Rhododendron. At the Arboretum, Alexander will collect and sequence deciduous azaleas originally collected across the geographic and environmental range to identify genetic targets of selection associated with differing environmental responses.
2013-Dec 28-Templer2 Pamela Templer is an associate professor at Boston University. Her work involves examining the effects of climate change and urbanization on forest ecosystems.
Cam Webb Research associate and principal investigator Cam Webb studies the evolution and ecology of tropical plants, and is experimenting with new informatics and capacity-building approaches to plant inventory and taxonomy. Currently, Cam is collaborating with co-PI Sarah Mathews on a National Science Foundation funded project that focuses on the ecology, biogeography, and biodiversity informatics of trees in Indonesian forests.
Stacey Young sq The research of Stacey Leicht Young, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow, examines the ecological and reproductive strategies required for lianas (woody vines) to be successful in its environment. Utilizing the Arboretum’s Leventritt Shrub and Vine collection, Stacy compares and contrasts the functional traits of North American species with East Asian species growing in a common environment.