Scientists

Our Scientists

With state-of-the-art research and growth facilities nestled alongside over 15,000 living specimens (~ 4000 taxa), the Arnold Arboretum is uniquely positioned to ask broad and important questions in plant biology. Our scientists’ research is as diverse as our living collection, ranging from organismic and evolutionary biology, molecular and developmental biology, plant physiology, and ecological, environmental and biodiversity studies. Emphasizing our close relationship to the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB), many of our scientists have dual appointments in OEB and the Arboretum.

Bridget Bickner

Bridget Bickner

PhD Student, OEB, Hopkins Lab
Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Bridget Bickner is a PhD student in the Hopkins Lab.

Dan Buonaiuto

Dan Buonaiuto

PhD Candidate, OEB, Holbrook/Wolkovich Labs
Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Daniel Buonaiuto is a PhD student in the Wolkovich and Holbrook Labs. He is interested in how plant communities are responding to global change, and how these responses are affecting the composition and function of North American ecosystems.

Grace Burgin

PhD Student, MSO, Hopkins Lab

Grace Burgin is a rotating PhD student in the Hopkins Lab.

Catherine Chamberlain

Catherine Chamberlain

PhD Candidate, OEB, Holbrook/Wolkovich Labs
Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Catherine Chamberlain is a PhD student in the Wolkovich and Holbrook Labs. She is interested in understanding how anthropogenic climate change affects plant communities and plant phenology.

Samridhi Chaturvedi

Samridhi Chaturvedi

Postdoctoral Fellow, OEB, Hopkins Lab
Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Samridhi Chaturvedi is a postdoctoral fellow in the Hopkins Lab. With an interest in the genomic basis of adaptation and speciation, she aims to understand the genomic patterns of hybridization and introgression in Phlox species.

Peter Del Tredici

Peter Del Tredici

Senior Research Scientist Emeritus
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Peter Del Tredici is also an associate professor in landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His research interests are wide ranging and mainly involve the interaction between woody plants and their environment. Recently, his investigations have expanded to include studies of spontaneous urban vegetation.

Michael Dosmann

Keeper of Living Collections
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Michael Dosmann, keeper of living collections, guides the Arboretum’s stewardship and development of its collection of temperate woody species. His work explores new strategies and tactics aimed at improving collections management and enhancing the use of Arboretum collections for research. Additionally, he conducts research on the physiological ecology of woody plants and participates in floristic efforts through domestic and foreign plant exploration.

Ned Friedman

William (Ned) Friedman

Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Faculty Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

William (Ned) Friedman is interested in the organismic interfaces between developmental, phylogenetic, and evolutionary biology. The Friedman Lab explores how patterns of morphology, anatomy, and reproductive biology have evolved through the modification of developmental processes.

Austin Garner

Austin Garner

PhD Candidate, OEB, Hopkins Lab
Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Austin Garner is a PhD candidate in the Hopkins Lab studying speciation in Phlox.

Ben Goulet

Ben Goulet

PhD Candidate, OEB, Hopkins Lab
Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Ben Goulet is a PhD candidate in the Hopkins Lab. Ben is interested in adaptation and speciation in Phlox.

Jake Grossman

Jake Grossman

Putnam Fellow
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Jake Grossman is a plant ecophysiologist with a strong interest in forest ecosystems and trees. As a Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow, Jake will examine drought vulnerability and water use strategies in maples (Acer spp.) to analyze the potential effects of climate change on the Arboretum’s collections.

Syringa vulgaris 'Hulda'

Charlie Hale

Research Assistant, OEB, Hopkins Lab

Charlie Hale is a research assistant in the Hopkins Lab.

Hopkins

Robin Hopkins

Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Faculty Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Robin Hopkins is interested in natural selection and the process of speciation. The Hopkins Lab studies color variation in Phlox with a growing focus on reproductive incompatibility between emerging species and understanding the key evolutionary forces at work.

Amelia Keyser-Gibson

Amelia Keyser-Gibson

Research Assistant, Friedman Lab and Weld Hill Labs
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

In the Friedman LabAmelia Keyser-Gibson is studying the reproductive development of conifers, as well as various other plant morphological questions.

Al Kovaleski

Al Kovaleski

Putnam Fellow
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Al Kovaleski is a plant physiologist with a strong interest in understanding how woody plants adapt to freezing stresses during winter. Al will focus on the Rosaceae family in the Arboretum’s living collections and examine cold hardiness, chilling response, and resumption of growth to recalibrate phenological models of budbreak.

Faye Rosin

Faye Rosin

Director of Research Facilitation
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

The research interests of Faye Rosin bear on investigating how gene expression is regulated and the consequences of that regulation at the molecular, cellular, and developmental levels. Faye’s investigations at Harvard involve tracking thousands of genes to see how the transcriptional program of an entire organ has been modified to direct three key innovations in columbine flower development.

Kristel

Kristel Schoonderwoerd

PhD Candidate, OEB, Friedman Lab
Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Interested in many facets of evolutionary botany, Kristel Schoonderwoerd is studying the diverse strategies temperate tree species use to overwinter embryonic leaves in resting buds and expand these leaves in the spring in the Friedman Lab .

Antonio Serrato

Antonio Serrato-Capuchina

Postdoctoral Fellow, OEB, Hopkins Lab
Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Antonio Serrato-Capuchina, a postdoctoral fellow in the Hopkins Lab, is interested in leveraging naturally hybridizing species complexes to uncover patterns in the development of reproductive isolation and better understand the evolution of species. As a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill, he studied the role a conserved transposable element plays in affecting gene exchange between closely related Drosophila species.

Elizabeth Spriggs

Elizabeth Spriggs

Putnam Fellow
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Elizabeth Spriggs is an evolutionary biologist with a passion for plant conservation. Her research as a Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow will focus on the chestnuts and ashes (Castanea and Fraxinus) – iconic, but severely threatened, North American trees. Using phylogeography and genomics, she will examine genetic diversity and population structure in relation to disease with an eye towards identifying individuals of conservation value.

Jacob Suissa

Jacob Suissa

PhD Student, OEB, Friedman Lab
Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Jacob Suissa is an evolutionary biologist focusing on Ferns and Lycophytes. He takes a broad scale macroevolutionary approach as well as a small scale physiological approach to answer interesting questions about fern evolution.