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Plant Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Dusty Gannon

September 21st, 2016

During my undergraduate studies at Colorado State University, I worked as a laboratory technician in Dr. Chris Funk’s lab. As part of a large, collaborative project testing relative risks of climate change on temperature versus tropical species, I worked with PhD student Brian Gill to DNA barcode aquatic insects from the Colorado Rocky Mountains and the Ecuadorian Andes, thus creating high resolution taxonomic units for biogeographic comparisons. However, my interests truly lie in plant evolutionary ecology. In the Jones lab, my PhD work will be focused on population genetics of the tropical understory herb, Heliconia tortuosa, in the face of habitat fragmentation. Additionally, we hope to study the unique system of pollination biology and coevolution between long-billed hummingbirds and Heliconia.


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  • About Andy Jones

    • Andy Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department at Oregon State University. He has broad interests in the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms responsible for the origin and maintenance of plant diversity.

        Dr. Jones is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.