The Ickert-Bond Lab is at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Department of Biology & Wildlife. We are also affiliated with the Institute of Arctic Biology. Our research interests focus on understanding the phylogenetic relationship, biogeography, and gene evolution in lineages of lichens, ferns, gymnosperms, and flowering plants to infer historical evolutionary processes that have resulted in current patterns of biodiversity. Our research program integrates molecular approaches with original field studies, morphology, anatomy, paleobotany, and developmental studies relying on living collections. We use these techniques in a phylogenetic framework to 1) address questions about processes at the macro-evolutionary levels, 2) to unravel the evolutionary and biogeographic origins of the Eastern Asian – Western North American floristic pattern, and 3) to address diversification dynamics by looking at trait-evolution, plant-animal interactions and niche evolution.
Anderson School visit – from the field to the cabinet
Five students visited the University of Alaska Museum of the North Herbarium Wednesday from Anderson school to process their specimens and learn about the herbarium, how to mount plants and[…]Read more
Charles Edwin Bessie Teaching Award from the Botanical Society of America
Honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Charles Edwin Bessie Teaching Award by the Botanical Society of America. The award was given at the recent joint annual[…]Read more
AKDatUM – we are holding our first workshop – 20/21 Jan. 2022
We are a network of educators, researchers, and data managers working to improve educational outcomes by providing STEM undergraduates and instructors with access to environmental data about the changing North,[…]Read more