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Kathryn Turner, Idaho State University
December 12, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm MST
Seminar Title: Ecological Genomics of Invasive and Introduced Plants
Abstract: My research focuses on evolutionary ecology and invasion biology in plants. I combine experimental, genomic, ancient DNA, and geo-referenced distribution data to investigate plant ecological genetics, particularly rapid adaptation to novel environments and the evolution of ecologically important traits. This seminar will be an introduction to my previous work in invasive and introduced plants, with potential relevance to the GEM3 sagebrush project. This will include work on rapid adaptation in invasive diffuse knapweed, population genomics of native and ornamental populations of the Texas state wildflower, and ongoing work reconstructing evolutionary processes during the invasion of blue mustard using herbarium genomics. I will end with potential applications of these approaches to the GEM3 project.