NSF EAGER-NEON: Genomic plasticity in response to environmental variation

Harvard Forest NEON site

In collaboration with Katrina Dlugosch (http://dlugoschlab.arizona.edu/), we are using genomic plasticity to measure the response of plant communities to environmental change. We are especiallly interested in plants that are hypothesized to be disproportionally plastic: invasive species and species with recently duplicated genomes (polyploids). Our pilot study is based at the Harvard Forest National Ecological Observation Network (NEON) site, and we plan to expand to other NEON sites in the future.

Preserving leaf tissue on liquid nitrogen for RNA-seq

Currently, we are focusing on the vascular plant species listed below. Follow the link for the story of each species, which will be updated as this project progresses!

Phylogenetic relationships of plants collected at Harvard Forest during the summer of 2016. Green dots indicate species native to Eastern North America, orange dots are species that have been introduced. Lines are proportional to the number of chromosomes for each species.