Contact Info:

ph: 843.953.8077
Office: SCIC 216C
Office Hours: by appt.


Address Info:

Dept. of Biology
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424

Physical Address:
Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center
58 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29424


Working on VitexI've been at the College of Charleston since 2005. My research is at the interface of ecology, evolution, genetics and conservation. I have worked on orchids, Arabidopsis thaliana, several Mimulus species, Brassica and Raphanus species, and Vitex rotundifolia. My work is in the field in native and nonnative ranges, in the greenhouse, in garden plots, and in the lab.

Recently, I have taught courses in the introductory sequence (Biology 211 and discussion), Plant Ecology (EVSS 628, BIO 628, BIO 444), Environmental Biology (EVSS 610). I maintain an active lab with undergraduate students majoring in biology or marine biology, masters students in the MES program, and masters students in the Marine Biology program.

Mimulus flowering at California field site.

Professional Experience

AB Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA 1994
Advisor: Aaron Ellison (now at Harvard Forest)

PhD Ecology, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT 1999
Advisor: Carl Schlichting

Tropical Ecology: An Ecological Approach, Organization for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica — 95-03

Post Doc, Department of Botany and Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville TN
Research with: Massimo Pigliucci (now at SUNY SB, soon to Lehman College)

Post Doc, Dept. of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park MD
Research with: Michele Dudash

Research Interests

Plant phenotypic plasticity and phenotypic integration

Evolvability and evolution of phenotypes

Costs of plasticity (NESCENT working group 2009)
            (Password protected wiki)

Ecological genetics of invasive species

Fragmentation of habitats and effects on plant reproductive ecology

Systems studied in lab: Arabidopsis thaliana, Mimulus guttatus and others, Vitex rotundifolia, Brassica and Raphanus species