Alumni

Our Alumni

2018
Richard Li is a recent graduate of Brandeis University that worked in the Wolkovich Lab.
2017
Redvein Enkianthus Enkianthus campanulatus 14528-1-E_crop Christine Parkent is an undergraduate from Harvard University that worked in the Wolkovich Lab.
SevanPhoto As a research associate in the Hopkins Lab, Sevan Suni investigated both the ecological factors and underlying genetic mechanisms that contribute to adaptation and speciation in Phlox populations. She is now an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco.
Heather Briggs Heather Briggs was a postdoctoral researcher in the Hopkins Lab. She focused on understanding pollination behavior of Battus philenor on Texas Phlox.
david_des_marais.jpg The research of David Des Marais, Senior Fellow, focuses on how plants interact with the environment and the variation in these interactions between species. Understanding how plants adapt to the local environment can increase our ability to conserve plant populations. Dave is now an assistant professor at MIT.
Becky Povilus Rebecca Povilus was a PhD candidate in the Friedman Lab. She is interested in the idea that molecular resources are important tools for connecting how changes at the gene and genome level affect developmental processes. She focused on how evolutionary changes during the development of the egg-producing structure could give rise to the wide array of egg-sac morphologies in angiosperms.
Ignacio Morales-Castilla Ignacio Morales-Castilla was a research associate working in the the Wolkovich Lab. His research focused on the role of historical and evolutionary processes on current diversity patterns. He is interested in better understanding and predicting species and ecosystem vulnerability in a context of Global Change.
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 spent one year at the Arboretum to examine hybridization in Sorbus.
Guan-Yue Chen Guan Chen is a Harvard undergraduate that worked in the Friedman Lab. She studied ovule and seed development in Aquilegia caerulea ‘origami’ for her senior thesis.
Johan Arango Johan Arango earned his bachelor’s degree in Agroindustrial Engineering. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sustainability and joined the Wolkovich Lab in the Fall of 2016. He was drawn to the lab because he is very interested in the effect that climate variation has on plants. He is very interested in societies’ reliance on plants and how a growing global population along with expanding markets will pose challenges and opportunities to achieve sustainability, especially in food systems.
Wayne Daly Wayne Daly graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2016 with an MSc in biodiversity and conservation. He completed a study on geoxylic suffrutices, and a dissertation on salt marsh ecology and plant community compositions. As an intern in the Wolkovich Lab, he will learn more about the time effects and pressures on plants and plant phenology from various environmental factors and anthropogenic activities.
Sasinat Chindapol Sasinat Chindapol is a Harvard undergraduate working in the Hopkins Lab. She crossed and reared plants, assessed plant fitness, and did some microscopy.
Redvein Enkianthus Enkianthus campanulatus 14528-1-E_crop Sarah Gonzalez is a Harvard undergraduate that worked in the Hopkins Lab.
Emily Guo Emily Guo is an undergraduate at Boston University studying Environmental Science with a minor in Chemistry. She worked in the Hopkins Lab performing scans, specs, and crosses on the Texas Wildflower to study the evolution of reproductive processes.
Callin Switzer Callin Switzer was a PhD Candidate in the Hopkins Lab. He is investigating bumblebee buzz pollination to understand how bees buzz and why there is variation in buzzing. Callin is now a a postdoctoral fellow in the eScience Institute at the University of Washington.
Ashley Bang Ashley Bang is an undergraduate at Brown University studying Geology-Biology. As a DaRin Butz Intern, she worked on the ‘Air Pollutions in Urban Ecosystems’ project in the Templer and Hutyra Labs. Originally from Hong Kong, Ashley is interested in studying the shift in ecosystem interactions and functions that have been caused by anthropogenic activities.
Juliet Bramante Juliet Bramante is a Harvard undergraduate working in the Hopkins Lab. As a DaRin Butz Intern, she helped to identify cis regulatory changes responsible for color variation in Phlox drummondii.
Vivien Chen Vivien Chen is an undergraduate at Boston University studying Earth and Environmental Sciences with a minor in Biology. As a DaRin Butz Intern, she worked in the Holbrook Lab with Dr. Losada to determine whether a correlation exists with phloem size and ploidy in three species of white magnolias and in the Templer Lab and Hutyra Lab studying the effects climate change has on nonstructural carbohydrates in hardwood trees.
Jess Leslie Jessica Leslie is a recent graduate from UMass Amherst, where she was a Biology major with a certificate in Civic Engagement and Public Service. She is interested in plant-insect interactions, plant adaptations, and plant speciation. As a DaRin Butz Intern, she worked in the Hopkins Lab.
Sruti Pandey Sruti Pandey is an undergraduate student at Boston University studying biology. As a DaRin Butz Intern, she worked with Dr. Losada in the Holbrook Lab to quantitatively study the vascular system of transgenic Nicotiana plants using confocal microscopy.
Asa Peters Asa Peters, from Newton, Massachusetts is a sophomore at Connecticut College studying botany and music technology. He is interested in botany, ecology, and also ethnobotany. As a DaRin Butz Intern, Asa worked in the Wolkovich Lab.
Emily Rosa Emily Rosa is from Northern California currently getting her undergraduate degree at Sonoma State University in Environmental Studies and Planning with minors in Biology and Geography. As a DaRin Butz Intern, she worked in the Kasia Zieminska, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow.
Jack Smith Jack Smith is a Harvard undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Public Policy. As a DaRin Butz Intern, he worked in the Friedman Lab exploring plant morphology and development.
Dan Flynn- sq Dan Flynn was a research 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.
Ashton Macfarlane Ashton Macfarlane is a Harvard undergraduate that worked in the Friedman Lab. He studied the potential effects of climate change on trees, with his senior thesis focusing on the molecular and developmental mechanisms of phenology in the English walnut, Juglans regia.
Hemlock Hill landscape in autumn Elizabeth Stebbins is an undergraduate from Harvard University that worked in the Wolkovich Lab.
Alice Linder Alice Linder is a Harvard undergraduate that worked in the Wolkovich Lab.
lindenCuC Sam Schaffer-Morrison is a research intern that worked in the Wolkovich Lab.
Hanon McShea Hanon McShea is a Harvard undergraduate that worked in the Friedman Lab.
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.
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.
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.
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 collected and sequenced deciduous azaleas originally collected across the geographic and environmental range to identify genetic targets of selection associated with differing environmental responses.
Tim Savas A lab technician in the Wolkovich Lab, Tim Savas was involved in research focusing on community ecology in light of global climate change.
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.
2016
Ari Korotkin Ari Korotkin is a Harvard undergraduate that worked in the Wolkovich Lab.
Betula grossa stipules Ben Ainsworth is an undergraduate from UMass, Boston that worked in the Hopkins Lab.
Grace Yu Grace Yu, a research assistant in the Friedman Lab, was involved in projects studying angiosperm (flowering plant) reproductive and fertilization biology and embryology.
Nicole Merrill Nicole Merrill, an undergraduate from Northeastern University, worked in the Wolkovich Lab. She assisted with a heat tolerance experiment that aims to understand how elevated temperatures affect winegrape phenology.
Sara Muchoney Sara Muchoney, an undergraduate from Boston University, worked in the Hopkins Lab.
Melissa DiTucci Melissa DiTucci, a senior at Mount Holyoke College, based her senior thesis on her work with butterflies in the Hopkins Lab.
Chase Mason Chase Mason, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow, studys the evolution of leaf physical and chemical defenses in relation to the leaf economics spectrum (LES) across 16 woody genera. LES relates the initial investment of carbon during leaf development with the net carbon gain of that leaf. Plants employ various LES strategies which impacts their adaptability to environmental conditions and stresses.
Cornus florida Corrinne Smith-Winterscheidt, an undergraduate from Tufts University, worked with Chase Mason, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow.
winter_tree Mark Tracy, a Harvard undergraduate, worked with Chase Mason, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow.
Hemlock Hill landscape in autumn Ryan Antolick is an undergraduate from Wheelock College that worked in the Wolkovich Lab.
acer-expedition Adele Woodmansee is a Harvard undergraduate that worked in the Friedman Lab.
Joe Kearney Joe Kearney is a Harvard undergraduate that worked in the Hopkins Lab. He helped with plant crosses, bagging and counting seeds, and taking measurements of certain aspects of the Phlox Drummondii.
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.
Eric Goolsby Eric Goolsby is a post-doctoral researcher at Edwards Lab at Brown University. His research focuses on developing methods to examine the evolution of phenotypic responses to abiotic stress. The Arboretum collections allowed him to test his methods in a wide range of species.
150px_image_database Margaret Zahrah is an undergraduate from Tufts University that worked in the Hopkins Lab.
bird berry Aden Brown is an undergraduate from Tufts University that worked in the Hopkins Lab.
Jake Barnett Jacob Barnett is a Acton-Boxborough Regional High School teacher. He worked with David Des Marais.
Lauren Brill Lauren Brill is an undergraduate from Tufts University. She worked with Eric Goolsby.
korean rhododendron Andrew Clark is a Harvard undergraduate that worked in the Hopkins Lab.
Amna Jamshad Amna Jamshad was an undergraduate from the University of Georgia working with Chase Mason, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow. Amna received a Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany from the Garden Club of America.
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.
As a NSF post-doctoral fellow in Cynthia Weinig’s lab at the University of Wyoming, Rob Baker is investigating the relationship between anatomical features and water use efficiency in diverse cultivars of Brassica rapa.
snowbell Cara O’Conner was a Harvard undergraduate working in the Wolkovich Lab.
Jessica Savage Jessica Savage is interested in understanding how seasonal changes in vascular activity influence flowering and carbon allocation. As an Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow, Jessica compared xylem and phloem anatomy, physiology and function in precocious flowering species (those that flower before the leaves emerge) with related species that flower later in the season.
Photo Oct 02, 3 12 56 PMsq Jehane Samaha was a lab technician in the Wolkovich Lab. She examined functional traits and phenology of trees out in the field, in the lab, and in the greenhouse to understand how communities respond to global climate change.
Elisabeth Forrestel Elisabeth Forrestel was a postdoctoral fellow in the Wolkovich Lab. The focus of her research was to understand how an important economic crop, wine grapes, respond to climate change. She will study their responses both in the field and after manipulating their environment in growth chamber studies.
Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga' Mona Zayed, an undergraduate from Boston University, worked with Jessica Savage, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow.
Sally_AApic Sally Gee was a Harvard undergraduate that worked on her Senior Thesis collecting and analyzing trait data from various trees at the Arboretum with Ailene Ettinger and Elizabeth Wolkovich.
Harold_Eyster Harold Eyster, a Harvard undergraduate student, worked on his Senior Thesis in the Wolkovich Lab.
S. Oblata ssp. Dilatata 'Cheyenne' 278-79-A Evan Liu, a Harvard undergraduate, worked in the Hopkins Lab.
Redbud_small Joe Kearney, a Harvard undergraduate, worked in the Hopkins Lab.
Justin Dower Justin Dower, a Harvard undergraduate, worked with Heather Briggs in the Hopkins Lab.
Oak Path looking up the hill to Bussey Hill Road, 1979 Catherine Principe, a recent graduate of Boston University, worked in the Wolkovich Lab.
Michael LaScaleia Michael LaScaleia, an undergraduate from Tufts University, worked with Chase Mason, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow.
maples_fall_11 Hanon McShea, a Harvard undergraduate, worked in the Hopkins Lab.
Tessa Pliakas Tessa Pliakas, undergraduate from Boston University, worked with Chase Mason, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow.
Luca Russo Luca Russo, an undergraduate from Boston University, worked with Chase Mason, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow.
Juliana Webber Juliana Webber, an undergraduate from Boston University, worked with Chase Mason, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow.
2015
Christopher Chen Chris Chen, a Harvard undergraduate, worked in the Hopkins Lab.
Diana Bernal Diana Bernal was a visiting fellow in the Hopkins Lab. She investigated the developmental mechanisms underlying variation of the reproductive mode in the Brachiaria.
winter_tree Risa Mcnellis, an undergraduate from Boston University, worked with Ailene Ettinger, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow.
maples_fall_11 Grey Monroe is a Ph.D. student at Colorado State University, Fort Collins that worked in the Des Marais Lab. Grey was awarded an Eden grant to come to the Arnold Arboretum for his research.
Silvia Golumbeanu Silvia Golumbeanu, a Harvard undergraduate, worked with Ailene Ettinger and Jessica Savage, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellows.
Hamamelis virginiana 938-37-D Nakoa Farrant, a Harvard undergraduate, worked in the Wolkovich Lab.
terilynacademyofsciencepic2 Terilyn Chen, a Harvard undergraduate, working in the Wolkovich Lab.
Salix gracilistyla Emma Borjigin-Wang, a Harvard undergraduate, worked 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 is an undergraduate from University of British Columbia that worked in the Des Marais Lab. Jan was awarded an Eden grant to come to the Arnold Arboretum for her research.
Stuart Graham Stuart Graham is 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, an undergraduate from Bowdoin College, worked 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.
2014
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.
2013
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.
2012
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.
2011
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.