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.
Isabelle Chuine is CNRS research director at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle & Evolutive in Montpellier, France.  As a Bullard Fellow, her project will tackle the ongoing challenge of providing robust forecasts of climate change impacts on forest trees phenology. She will test key hypotheses on the regulation of cell seasonal activity using a series of experiments combining ecophysiology and biotracing methods.
david_des_marais.jpg The research of David Des Marais, assistant professor at MIT, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Marjorie Lundgren Marjorie Lundgren is a postdoctoral fellow in the Des Marais Lab at MIT. She is a plant ecophysiologist, currently focusing on deconstructing the components of perenniality with an aim to inform crop improvement strategy.
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 Yale University. She is studying the environmental and genetic factors governing leaf shape in the genus Viburnum utilizing the living collection of the Arnold Arboretum.
Becky Povilus Rebecca Povilus is a post-doctoral fellow at MIT. 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.
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.
Harold Suarez-Baron Harold Suarez Baron is a Deland Award recipient and a PhD candidate at the University of Antioquia in Colombia in the Pabon-Mora Lab. In Aristolochia (dutchman’s pipe), the trichomes (hairs) found on flowers are important for attracting and retaining flies for pollination. Harold focuses on the genetic mechanisms underlying trichome development in this non-model plant.
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.
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.
Dong Wang Dong Wang is a Sargent Award recipient and an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is interested in the strategies that long-lived woody legumes use to interact with rhizobia, the nitrogen-fixing bacteria the live in nodules on the roots. He will examine the rhizobia present in root nodules at the Arboretum.
Wolkovich Elizabeth Wolkovich, associate professor at the University of British Columbia, is interested in how communities assemble and disassemble in light of global changes. The Wolkovich Lab focuses on testing and understanding underlying mechanisms using both theoretical techniques and field experiments to study how current and future plant communities are shaped.
Jie Yun As environmental engineer with interests in plant biology, Jie Yun, a PhD student at MIT, is focused on solving practical environmental problems through the interdisciplinary research. She is investigating  plant and environment interactions in the Des Marais Lab.