2018 DaRin Butz Intern Matthew Fertakos was selected as a 2019 Undergraduate Research Prize (URP) recipient by ASPT for his work on North American chestnuts with Dr. Wendy Clement at the College of New Jersey and Dr. Elizabeth Spriggs, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow.
In the American Journal of Botany, Arboretum Putnam Fellow, Elizabeth Spriggs and colleagues investigated closely related species of Viburnum using sequencing and herbarium specimens. They found that flowering time differences helped maintain separation of species in populations growing in close proximity. Abstract»
In Global Change Biology, Cat Chamberlain, Elizabeth Wolkovich, and colleagues reviewed studies and metrics for measuring false spring and freeze damage risk, and suggest an integrated approach for modeling future outcomes. Abstract»
As a Putnam Fellow, Jessica Savage focused on how the vascular system influences the timing of flowering in trees. Published in American Journal of Botany, her research shows that trees that flower before they leaf out invest more resources for flower development the previous year rather than in the spring before the vascular system is fully functional. Abstract»
The process of whole-genome duplication, or polyploidy, plays an important role in the formation of new species. Franchesco Molina‐Henao and Robin Hopkins examined this role in diploid and polyploid populations of Arabidopsis arenosa in new work published in American Journal of Botany. Abstract»
Understanding the role of different cues, like temperature and chilling, is important to predict how plant phenology, or the timing of life cycle events, will respond to climate change. Published in New Phytologist, Dan Flynn and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Wolkovich manipulated various cues using a growth chamber to understand this complex process. Abstract»