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Lab Manager & Research Assistant

Bethany ZumwaldeBethany A. Zumwalde, M.S.

M.S. Environmental & Plant Biology, Ohio University, 2015

Email: bzumwalde@dbg.org
Phone: 480 941.1225 ext. 8238

 

Research Interests

•    Plant taxonomy and systematics
•    Evolution and population genetics
•    Plant ecology and physiological responses

Personal Statement

My research interests are diverse and aim to incorporate genetic, ecological, and morphological approaches to examine the relationships of various plant taxa. My research has utilized evidence from extensive field studies, herbaria studies, and laboratory analyses in order to answer questions concerning the boundaries of species. Specifically, I am interested in the analysis of genetic differentiation and potential hybridization among polyploid taxa utilizing microsatellite markers, phenetic studies of macromorphological traits, scanning electron microscopy of micromorphological seed and floral characters, and ecological comparisons of niche differentiation and breadth using microhabitat features.

Conference Presentations

Zumwalde, B. & H.E. Ballard. Preliminary taxonomic analysis of the “Viola pedatifida” group (Violaceae). 2013 & 2014. Ohio University, Student Research Expo in Athens, Ohio (poster).

Zumwalde, B. & H.E. Ballard. A systematic revision of the “Viola pedatifida” group (Violaceae) and evidence for a new endemic Mid-¬Appalachian species. 2014. Botanical Society of America, Botany 2014 Conference in Boise, Idaho (poster).

Ballard, H.E., Zumwalde, B., Gahagen, B., & T. Roth. 2015. Are we missing species diversity in the acaulescent blue violets? Botanical Society of America, Botany 2015 Conference in Edmonton, Canada (oral presentation).