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

A brief history of pumpkin carving and other botanical tidbits

The annual UA Museum Halloween open house is “closed” this year. Access to the downstairs collections is not granted due to COVID-19. So we were tasked to get creative and produce short videos on our collections and their connection to Halloween. While the theme of this year’s Halloween event is bones, we opted to rather…
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Impressive dissertation defense

I am excited to share the recording of the public defense by our Ph.D. student Else Demeulenaere last Wednesday. It was a gang buster event with 115 zoom attendants, representing many different communities, kinds of disciplinary expertise, leadership roles, geographies and time zones. Else is part of a joint Ph.D. program with the University of…
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Ph.D. Dissertation Defense: Else Demeulenaere – 13 Oct. 2021

So excited to announce the Ph.D. dissertation defense by my student Else Demeulenaere. Please join us at her PhD defense October 13, 2021, 3:30 PM Alaska time! Please email Else Demeulenaere for Zoom Access: else@uog.edu Her work at the intersection of biogeography, ethnoecology, social justice and activism is centered around the Indo-Pacific mimosoid plant genus…
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Fadang and Fanihi: Endangered Species with Cultural Significance

Congrats to my PhD student Else  Demeulenaere. Her recent paper in Pacific Asia Inquiry entitled Recollections of fadang and Fanihi: The Taste and Smell of CHamoru Bygone Foods and the Challenge of Endangered Island Species is gainging some traction and has been featured in a number of media outlets. The paper discusses two endemic species…
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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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