Visiting Scientists

Our Visiting and Associated Scientists

Diana Bernal Diana Bernal is a visiting fellow in the Hopkins Lab. She is investigating the developmental mechanisms underlying variation of the reproductive mode in the Brachiaria.
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.
Eric Goolsby Eric Goolsby is a PhD candidate from the University of Georgia. His research focuses on developing methods to examine the evolution of phenotypic responses to abiotic stress. The Arboretum collections will allow him to test his methods in a wide range of species.
Andrew_03-05-14sq A geneticist at the USDA Forest Service and a Sargent Award recipient, Andrew Groover will perform 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.
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. Returning to the Arboretum for his sabbatical 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.
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 is examining 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.
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.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Rubén Sancho is a PhD student at the University of Zaragosa in Spain. He is working with Dave Des Marais to sequence the transcriptome of multiple Spanish species of Brachypodium, an important model grass species.
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.
maples_fall Dan Sullivan 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.
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.