Steffi M. Ickert-Bond, Curator, 907-474-6277
I am broadly interested in phylogenetic relationships, biogeography, and gene evolution in three diverse groups of vascular plants: 1) the temperately distributed herbaceous legume genus Oxytropis; 2) the Asian-North American disjunct family Altingiaceae (the "sweet gums"), and 3) the arid gymnosperm genus Ephedra (Gnetales). My current research concentrates on three major areas: 1) comparative biogeography of arctic and alpine species in the genus Oxytropis, assessing how climatic conditions in the past provide a major framework for understanding current environmental changes and diversification in Oxytropis (including past migrations and Pleistocene refugia); 2) molecular systematics, phylogeny, biogeography and morphological evolution of Oxytropis, Altingiaceae, and Ephedra; and 3) classical revisionary work and floristic work in Altingiaceae, New World Ephedra and Oxytropis.
Jordan Metzgar, Collections Manager and Graduate Student (Ph.D. student; Department of Biology and Wildlife), 907-474-7109
I have long been interested in the biology of ferns and am currently studying the systematics and post-glacial migration patterns of the parsley ferns (Cryptogramma). This is a small, circumboreal genus of ferns in the Pteridaceae, including three species in Alaska. Using molecular and morphological analyses, I will provide a phylogenetic context for reconstructing parsley fern migration routes following the retreat of the Cordilleran and Laurentide ice sheets. Present day geographic distribution data will be combined with climate data to produce niche models predicting the future impacts, if any, of ongoing climate change.
David Murray, Curator Emeritus, 907-474-7109
David F. Murray is Professor of Botany and Curator (Herbarium) Emeritus. Although retired since 1 January 1994, he is continuing to work on the problem of the origin and evolution of the arctic and alpine floras and on taxonomic treatments of various taxa. Field work in Alaska for decades has been supplemented by excursions to Ellesmere Island (1990) and several trips to Russia, primarily in the Altai and Sayan mountains (1983-1989) but also to Middle Asia (1985) and to the upper Kolyma River region from Magadan (1988). As sole author and with colleagues he has contributed treatments of Carex, Empetrum, Hippuris, Lagotis, and Tephroseris to Flora of North America. He is currently working with others on Potentilla and Eritrichum for FNA.
Herbarium Graduate Students
Zach Meyers, Graduate Student (Master's student; Department of Biology and Wildlife)
I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. My thesis involves a taxonomic revision of Oxytropis section Arctobia as well as the examination of biogeographical diversification in this enigmatic group of arctic legumes. I am passionately interested in biogeography, evolution, and climate change and how these factors contribute and interact to form dynamic species distributions.
Herbarium Undergraduate Students
Celia Miller, Undergraduate Student (Department of Biology and Wildlife), 907-474-7109
Sayuri Ito, Undergraduate Student (Department of Biology and Wildlife), graduated 2009
Currently at the Science Museum in Yokohama, Japan
Rose LaMesjerant , Undergraduate Student (Department of Biology and Wildlife), graduated 2009
Herbarium, University of Alaska Museum of the North
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