2017 — 2021
Jessie Pelosi (University of Florida; advisor Dr. Emily Sessa): Life without a sporophyte: reconstructing the demographic history of the Appalachian gametophyte-only fern, Vittaria appalachiana, using population genomics.
Remington Burwell (Ohio University, Athens): Integrative Taxonomical Approach for Delineating Species within the Affinis and Edulis Species Complexes in Viola of the Coastal Plains.
Cheyenne Moore (Bucknell University; advisor Dr. Chris Martine): The conservation challenge of linear populations: Using field surveys and herbarium collections to inform the populations genetics of a Pennsylvania rare plant, Baptisia australis var. australis.
Mason McNair (University of Georgia; advisor Dr. Wendy Zomlefer): Delineating taxa within the Sarracenia rubra species complex.
Nicholas Flanders (Old Dominion University; advisor Dr. Lytton Musselman): Effects of environmental conditions on early survival of a bird-dispersed mistletoe, Phoradendron leucarpum.
Jonathan Kleinman (University of Alabama; advisor Dr. Justin Hart): Trait-based plant response to wind, logging, and prescribed fire in Pinus woodlands.
Adam Ramsey (University of Memphis) – The Effects of Mitochondrial Heteroplasmy on Individual Fitness in Wild Carrot
Jennifer Hastings (Ohio University) – Comparative Ecology and Niche Differentiation of three new mid-Appalachian Acaulescent Blue violet species
2012 — 2016
Eranga Wettewa (Mississippi State University) –
EPIC markers for understanding evolutionary diversification in Platanthera (Orchidaceae)
M. Taylor Perkins (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) –
Phylogeographic examination of Castanea Mill. (Fagaceae) morphotypes in the eastern United States
Jenna Dorey (The New York Botanical Garden) –
Systematics and biogeography of Carex section Laxiflorae (Cyperaceae): reconstructing the evolutionary history of an unusual disjunction in a clade of temperate sedges
Jerald Pinson (University of Florida) – Comparative transcriptomics of independent, sporophyteless gametophytes of the Appalachian Mountains
Jessica Allen (The New York Botanical Garden) – Assessing the threat of climate change to endemic southern Appalachian lichens: an integrative approach
Anna Nicole Long-Aragon (University of Southern Mississippi) – Structural Evolution of Butterfly Egg Mimicry within the Passionflowers (Passiflora)
Clayton M. Costa (Towson University) – Molecular phylogeny of golden asters, subtribe Chrysopsidinae (Asteraceae, Astereae), based on nuclear ribosomal and chloroplast sequence data
Renee Fortner (East Carolina University) – Critical Biological Knowledge of Thalictrum cooleyi, (Ranunculaceae) for Conservation and Recovery
Karoline Oldham (George Mason University) – Geographical history and infraspecific morphological variation of the hemiparasitic wildflower, American Cow-wheat (Melampyrum lineare; Orobanchaceae)
Matthew Hansen (Towson University) – Genetic diversity and gene flow in the invasive tree-of-heaven along Interstate 95: Assessing the role of roadways in the spread of Ailanthus altissima.
2007 — 2011
Emily R. Blyveis (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) – The Vascular Flora of the Tennessee River Gorge, Hamilton and Marion Counties, Tennessee.
Kileigh Browning (Elon University) – Ecological Interactions Between Two Non-native Disturbances in the High-elevation Beech Forests of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Nathan A. Daniel (Ohio University) – American Chestnut Restoration in Eastern Hemlock-dominated Forests of Southeast Ohio.
Joseph Moosbrugger (Ohio University) – An Annotated Flora of Crane Hollow Preserve, Hocking County.
David Walker (Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University) – Radial Growth Response of Eastern Hemlock to Infestation of Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.
Cecile Deen (University of Georgia) – Geographic Variation of Floral Traits in Geranium maculatum.
M. Steven Furches (University of Tennessee) – The role of hybridization in generating species- and population-level variation in Sarracenia.
James C. Lendemer (The New York Botanical Garden) – Assessing Leprara (Stereocaulaceae, Lichenized Ascomycetes) biodiversity in the southern Appalachians.
Natasha Shipman (Western Carolina University) – Sensory cues for pollination and pollination visitors of Trillium cuneatum.
Julia Stutzman (James Madison University) – A taxonomic revision of endemic members of Cordia L. (Boraginaceae) in the Galapagos Islands.
Tianita Duke (Austin Peay State University) – Taxonomy, ecology, and distribution of unusual populations of Lysimachia hybrida (Myrsinaceae) from Tennessee and Alabama.
Sarah Galliher (Elon University) – Determining the effects of beech mortality due to beech bark disease on spring ephemerals in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Benjamin Hook (Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University) – Influence of age, diameter, and location on compression wood formation in Pinus strobus L. following ice storm damage.
Michael W. Denslow (Appalachian State University) – Spatial patterns, survey gaps and site selection bias in North Carolina floristics studies.
Alexandra Kay (Elon University) – The effect of wild boar (Sus scrofa) rooting on plant biodiversity in high-elevation beech forests of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Juan Carlos Villareral (University of Connecticut) – Population genetics and evolutionary implications of the loss of sexual reproduction in the Southern Appalachian hornwort Megaceros aenigmaticus.
Fern Smallridge Perkins (Appalachian State University) – Increased nitrogen deposition and the green algal lichen Umbilicaria mammulata: too much of a good thing?
Jay F. Bolin (Old Dominion University) – Evolution of Virginia quillworts: a morphological and molecular parentage study of several undescribed tetraploid (2n = 44) populations of Isoetes.
Gerald Bresowar (Appalachian State University) – Phylogeography of Sibbaldiopsis tridentate.
2002 — 2006
Joy van Dervort-Sneed
(Appalachian State University) – Species delineation of two imperiled wild gingers (Asarum contracta and Asarum rhombiformis) using morphology, molecules and pollinators.
Julie Wyatt (Wake Forest University) – Limiting similarity among coexisting species in the herbaceous layer of Southern Appalachian cove forests.
Dwayne Estes (University of Tennessee) – Systematics of two species of Gratiola.
William Flatley (Virginia Polytechnic Institution and State University) – The link between land use pattern and soil erosion rates in Giles County, Virginia.
Mahannad Al-Saghir (Virginia Polytechnic Institution and State University) – Systematics of Pistacia.
Megan Burns (Warren Wilson College) – The effect of Removal of Invasive Plant Species on Native Plant Diversity.
Ryan Walker McEwan (Ohio University) – A Dendroecological fire-history Reconstruction of Dysart Woods, an Old-growth Mixed Mesophytic Forest.
Tyler Smith (McGill University) – Systematics and Ecology of the Carex virescens clade.
Lorelei J. Hartman (Longwood University) – A comparison of clearcut and shelterwood harvesting effects on understory plant species in central Virginia piedmont forests.
Joey Shaw (University of Tennessee) – Morphological analysis of Prunus sect. Prunocerasus.
Olin Scott Taylor (Appalachian State University) – Biosystematic investigations of the Lindera benzoin complex in North America.
Lisa Williams (George Mason University) – Floristic survey of the eastern Goose Creek watershed, Loudoun County, Virginia.
Susan B. Farmer (University of Tennessee) – Additional Insights into Trilliaceae Phylogeny; The Delostylis Group.
Thomas Earl Hancock (Wake Forest University) – Species living on the edge: ecophysiological adaptation in barrier beach plants and possible effects of climate change on biodiversity.
Aswini Pai (Ohio University) – Phenology of Acorus calamus L., a perennial wetland macrophyte in Southeastern Ohio.
Kristin Taverna (University of North Carolina) – Forests of continuity of the North Carolina Piedmont: Species composition and distribution across the landscape.
1996 — 2001
Christopher A. Adams (University of Kentucky) – A comparative study of seed dormancy and germination in four closely related Aristolochia (Aristolochiaceae) species.
Sonja Louise Himes (Western Carolina University) – Exploring the costs and benefits of self-fertility in poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata).
Jess Peirson (Ohio University) – A systematic revision of Collinsonia L. (Lamiaceae).
Chris Doffitt (Univ. of Louisiana at Monroe) – A Checklist of the Vascular Flora of Ouachita County, Arkansas.
Brian R. Keener (University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa) – Systematics of the Sagittaria subulata group (Alismataceae).
Nannette Reese (University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa) – A Biological Survey of Echinodorus floridanus (Alismataceae).
Darrin L. Rubino (Ohio University) – Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics of Decaying Woody Debris.
Rebecca L. Brown (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) – Propagule pressure and species diversity in riparian systems.
John Hays (Northeast Louisiana University) – A floristic survey for Agalinis along the Gulf coast.
Tanya Lee (Northeast Louisiana University) – Juncaceae in Louisiana.
A. Christina Williams (Ohio University) – Genetic variation in naturalized stands of Pawlownia tomentosa in the Southeastern US.
Leon Adler (Towson University) – Water relations and growth of Polygonum perfoliatum L. in varying environments.
Jennifer Floyd (North Carolina State University) – Species relationships in Gaylussacia (Ericaceae).
Howard Horne (Florida State University) – The genus Stillingia in Florida: a taxonomic and natural history study.
Christopher Reid (Northeast Louisiana University) – The vascular flora of Wilkinson County, Mississippi.
Anita Rose (University of Tennessee) – Coarse woody debris and nutrient dynamics in a southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest.
Samara Hamze (East Carolina University) – Effects of weed invasion on threatened endemic pitcher’s thistle.
Kerry Heafner (Old Dominion University) – Electrophoretic studies of Isoetes in the southeastern United States.
Nicholas Drozda (Western Carolina University) – Effects of pollination syndromes on the genetics structure of Hexastylis heterophylla (Ashe) Small.
Gerry Moore (Vanderbilt University) – A systematic and taxonomic investigation of Rhynchospora, section Longirostres.
William Noel (Clemson University) – Floristic study of the Greenville watershed.