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  • B.S. 1973, Chemistry, Beloit College, Wisconsin
  • M.A. 1976, Botany, University of Arkansas
  • Ph.D. 1980, Genetics, University of New Hampshire

Teaching Responsibilities

  • BI 105, Plants in Culture, even Jan terms
  • BI 108, Biology of Sex & Gender, co-taught with Finn Pond, periodic Jan terms
  • BI 110, Intro to Human Genetics, periodic Jan terms
  • BI 153, Plant Biology, every spring
  • BI 303, Plant Taxonomy, even springs
  • BI 331, Plant Physiology, odd springs
  • BI 363, Genetics, every fall
  • Core 350, every fall

Research Interests

I am interested in the genetic control of self-incompatibility in cruciferous plants, and associated developmental phenomena, including pollen germination, fruit set and seed abortion. My work has focused on responses of intact plants or organs. My approaches have been more traditional quantitative genetics and biochemistry, rather than molecular genetics.

I also have a great deal of interest in ethnobotany, how people use plants.

Research Projects

The SI project currently requires modeling options for genetic control of SI in a hexaploid ornamental crucifer, the Siberian wallflower. There is also need to try to determine the actual genetic background of the horticultural form, because the cultivated material is not known to occur in the wild. This requires checking to see if fertile hybrids can be made between the cultivar and the most probable wild relative, which occurs near Spokane. It will also require attempting to double the chromosome number of the wild material, as prelude to an attempt to regenerate the cultivar. In another prong of the work done with rapid-cycling Brassica material, there is need to develop dependable cloning techniques to maintain particular SI genotypes for testing.

I am working with some members of a Montana native nation to develop photographic and herbarium collections of their traditional medicinal plants. I am working on a literature review to compile results of phytochemical, biochemical, clinical and pharmacological studies of these plants.

  • Description (see under research projects)
  • Funding (no external funding in recent years)
  • Student Involvement (no full-time student involvement)

ex. of student participation - spring and summer '98 - Two students wanted some independent study experience with practical plant physiology, and chose to work on the techniques for asexual propagation of the Brassicas. academic year '98-'99 - One of these students was joined by another to continue the tissue culture study from the summer. summers in the late 1980's and early 1990's - Students helped locate native wallflowers for collection of pollen for germination tests, and flagged plants for collection of seed at the end of summer. Others grew a variety of other crucifers in the greenhouse and tested pollen germination.

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