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Ickert-Bond Lab: systematics meets ecology, paleontology, and genomics

Manuscript entitled ‘A target enrichment probe set for resolving the flagellate plant tree of life’ available on bioRxiv

Exciting news, the GoFlag group submitted an exciting paper on their probe set to resolve the flagellate plant tree of life.  Only one representative sample of each of the three genera of Gnetales included, but the approach resolves relationships well across the flagellate tree of life, but also within genera, stay tuned for more from…
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Paper published using taxon concepts for the flora of Alaska

To achieve information precision with true interoperability by connecting diverse specimen data resources through taxon concepts we can advance beyond what can be achieved with plant names alone. In the current issue (Fall 2019) of Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, we reflect on differing traditions and opinions, taxonomic approaches, and access to material from…
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Ph.D. student Else Demeulenaere receives Botany Advocacy Leadership Award

This award organized by the Environmental and Public Policy Committees of the Botanical Society of America (BSA) and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) aims to support local efforts that contribute to shaping public policy on issues relevant to plant sciences. Her proposal Bringing Biocultural Diversity to the Forefront of the Political Agenda in…
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Winning Lumen Print at National Alternative Processes Competition – Soho Gallery

Finding another outlet for my passion of plants and photography has been easy to come by, when I came across an ad for a summer course in making handmade photographs (ART/COJO 492), taught by Jason Lazarus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  The ad showed a picture of a fiddle head that peaked my interest,…
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65th Annual Missouri Botanical Garden Symposium – Biota of North America: what we know, what we don’t know and what we’re losing

I am so excited and honored to be one of the featured speakers at the 65th Annual Missouri Botanical Garden Symposium.  This year the symposium’s theme is Biota of North America: what we know, what we don’t know and what we are loosing.  It is a great line-up of invited speakers.  The symposium will be…
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Micronesia Field Work

Ph.D. student Else Demeulenaere is completing some more field work this week in the Marianas.  She started out with sampling the last remaining Serianthes nelsonii population on Guam last Thursday (one mother tree and a few saplings).  Now she is off to the island of Rota, the second southernmost island in the Mariana Archipelago, and…
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Beware Carnivorous Plants

We had a great showing at the open house Halloween event today at the UA Museum.  Fun to see the kids build a venus flytrap out of styrofoam balls while being captivated by a close-up video of a venus flytrap in action.  Our life-size recreation of Elizabite really drew the kids in and scared a few of…
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Biogeographic importance of the Bering land bridge from the Cretaceous to the Neogene

by Jun Wen, Ze-Long Nie and Stefanie M. Ickert-Bond DOI: 10.1111/jse.12222

And you, whose pastime is to make midnight mushrooms…

The Herbarium hosted another successful iNaturalist event as part of our Plants and Fungi of Alaska project. Mycologist Dr. Gary Laursen led 56 mushroom enthusiasts on a mushroom hike on the ski trails at the UAF campus.  Folks went into the woods and hunted for mushrooms (parasitic, saprophytic and mycorrhizal). What a spectacular sight it was when…
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Else visiting several prominent European herbaria to sample Serianthes

Ph.D. student Else Demeulenaere is getting a great start at assembling samples for her Serianthes dissertation work. Tuesday she went to Leiden, the Netherlands, to work at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center. It contains one of largest herbaria in the world with some 5.5 million specimens merging the major university herbaria of Leiden, Utrecht and Wageningen. Else…
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