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Upstate Monthly Meeting: Attack of the Clones
October 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Upstate Monthly Meeting: Attack of the Clones? Genetic studies in Bunched Arrowhead and Oconee Bells
Many plants can reproduce sexually by seed or asexually by root sprouts or other means. Some plants can do both. Why does this matter? In Professor Morris’s lab at Furman they are investigating clonal structure in the federally endangered bunched arrowhead and the state-listed Oconee bells (northern and southern species) using genetic tools. During this program, she will provide some preliminary data from the work that students have been doing this summer, with thoughts about possible implications for these two rare species.
Dr. Ashley Morris joined the Furman faculty in Fall 2019. She was trained as a plant population geneticist and systematist, using molecular tools to answer ecological and evolutionary questions in native plant systems. Her focus has often been on rare plant species or unique plant habitats. She spent eight years as a faculty member in Biology at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where her research emphasis was on rare plant species associated with cedar glade habitats. Prior to MTSU, Dr. Morris was a faculty member at the University of South Alabama (USA). She holds a B.S. in Natural Resources with a minor in Biology from Sewanee-The University of the South, an M.S. in Botany from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK), and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Florida (UF). Dr. Morris is an active member of the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB), where she has served in the elected positions of Member-at-Large, Vice President, and President. She is also a member of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society (SABS), the American Society for Plant Taxonomists (ASPT), and the Botanical Society of America (BSA).