People

Principle Investigators

Charles F. Delwiche (University of Maryland)
Charles Delwiche is Professor of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland. Dr. Delwiche studies early events in the evolution of plants, particularly the endosymbiotic origin of plastids (chloroplasts), and the origin of land plants (i.e., embryophytes) from green algae, using molecular systematic and genomic methods.

Contact Info:

Address: Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
2108 Biosciences Research Building
University of Maryland at College Park
College Park, MD 20742-5815
Phone: (301) 405-8286
E-mail: delwiche@umd.edu

Kenneth G. Karol (The New York Botanical Garden)
Ken Karol is Assistant Curator in the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics Studies at the New York Botanical Garden. Dr. Karol uses molecular and morphological approaches to understand the evolution of green algae in a broad sense, and, more restrictively, the biology, evolution, systematics, and classification of algae in the family Characeae.

Contact Info:

Address: The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics Studies
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, New York 10458-5126
Phone: (718) 817-8615
E-mail: kkarol@nybg.org

Louise A. Lewis (University of Connecticut)
Louise Lewis is a Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Lewis uses molecular and morphological approaches to study the diversity and physiology of green algae, particularly those living in desert soils.

Contact Info:

Address: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043
Storrs, CT 06269-3043
Phone: (860) 486-6723
E-mail: louise.lewis@uconn.edu

Paul O. Lewis (University of Connecticut)
Paul Lewis is an Associate Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Lewis was trained as a flowering plant systematist, but his recent work has concentrated on statistical models and computational methods for estimating phylogenetic trees from molecular sequence data.

Contact info:

Address: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043
The University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3043
Phone: (860) 486-2069
E-mail: paul.lewis@uconn.edu

Juan López-Bautista (University of Alabama)
Juan López-Bautista is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama. Dr. López-Bautista specializes in subaerial microchlorophytes from tropical regions, green algal evolution, and seaweeds from the Gulf of Mexico.

Contact info:

Address: Department of Biological Sciences
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Phone: (205) 348-1791
E-mail: jlopez@ua.edu

Richard M. McCourt (Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia)
Dr. McCourt is Associate Curator of Botany Department at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, and Professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science at Drexel University. Dr. McCourt uses molecular and morphological approaches to study the systematics of green algae. His research is on the evolution and systematics of green algae, specifically two groups: charophytes (sensu Characeae) and conjugating green algae (Zygnematophyta). These groups are among the green algae that are the closest living relatives of land plants and include some well-known algae such as Spirogyra and stoneworts.

Contact info:

Address: Department of Botany
Academy of Natural Sciences
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 299-1139
E-mail: rmm45@drexel.edu

Postdoctoral Fellows

Endymion Cooper (University of Maryland)
Endymion Cooper is a postdoctoral researcher working with PI Delwiche. Endymion completed his Ph.D. in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia, working on leafy liverworts.

Contact info:

Address: CMNS-Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics
2107 Bioscience Research Building
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4451
Phone: (301) 405 8300
E-mail: endymion.dante.cooper@gmail.com

Karolina Fučíková (University of Connecticut)
Karolina Fučíková is a postdoctoral researcher who completed her Ph.D. (advisor: L. Lewis) in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut in Fall, 2011.

Professional website and algal outreach website.

Contact info:

Address: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043
The University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3043
Phone: (860) 486-1811
E-mail: karolina.fucikova@uconn.edu

frederik_leliaert_tumbFrederik Leliaert (The University of Alabama)

Frederik Leliaert is a postdoctoral researcher working with PI Lopez-Bautista. His previous research in Ghent University, Belgium, focused on molecular phylogenetics and evolution of seaweeds.

Contact info:

Address: Department of Biological Sciences
500 Hackberry Lane, Mary Harmon Bryant Hall #410
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0345
Phone: (205) 348-3582
E-mail: frederik.leliaert@gmail.com

Tronholm_tumbAna Tronholm (The University of Alabama)

Ana Tronholm  is a postdoctoral researcher working with PI Lopez-Bautista. Ana completed her Ph.D. in the University of La Laguna, Canary Islands, working on the brown algal genus Dictyota.

Contact info:

Address: Department of Biological Sciences
500 Hackberry Lane, Mary Harmon Bryant Hall #410
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0345
Phone: (205) 348-3582
E-mail: atronholm@gmail.com

Graduate Student

Ted Gibbons (University of Maryland)
Ted Gibbons is a Ph.D. student working on algal genomics with PI Chuck Delwiche at the University of Maryland.

Contact info:

Address: Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Genomics (CBBG)
2108 Bioscience Research Building
College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
The University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-8300
E-mail: tgibbons@umd.edu

Research Assistant

Shelley Olm (The University of Connecticut)
Shelley is a Research Assistant working with PI Louise Lewis.

Contact Info:

Address: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
The University of Connecticut
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043
Storrs, CT 06279
Phone: (860) 486-1811
E-mail: shelley.olm@uconn.edu

Collaborators

John D. Hall (University of Maryland, College Park)
John Hall is the curator of the Norton-Brown Herbarium at University of Maryland. Dr. Hall uses molecular and morphological approaches to study the systematics of charophytic green algae, particularly the conjugating green algae (Zygnematophyceae).

Contact info:

Address: Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
2121 Plant Sciences Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-8752
E-mail: jdhall@umd.edu

Hilary McManus (Le Moyne College)
Hilary is a collaborator who will be involving undergraduates at Le Moyne College in the sequencing effort. Hilary will be working most closely with PI Louise Lewis at UConn.

Contact Info:

Address: Department of Biological Sciences
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214
Phone: (315) 445-4425
E-mail: mcmanuha@lemoyne.edu

Molly R. Letsch
Molly is a collaborator who will be working to assemble the chloroplast genomes of Elliptochloris, Hemichloris and Coccomyxa. Molly will be working most closely with PI Louise Lewis at UConn.

Contact Info:

Address: 23 rue d’Aguesseau
92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
France
Phone: (860) 553-3517
E-mail: Molly.Letsch@gmail.com

Former Participants

Hu Zimin (University of Alabama)
Hu Zimin was a postdoctoral research associate in the López-Bautista lab at the University of Alabama from 2011-2012. He is now working with Duan Delin in the Institute of Oceanology in Qingdao, China.


Lillian Hancock (The New York Botanical Garden)
Lillian Hancock worked as a lab technician with PI Ken Karol from 2011-2012.  She is currently a graduate student at Brown University.

 

 

tippery.thumbnailNicholas Tippery (University of Connecticut)

Nic Tippery received his Ph.D. studying aquatic angiosperms at the University of Connecticut, then immediately worked as a postdoc in the L. Lewis lab at UConn. In fall 2011, Dr. Tippery began a new position as an Assistant Professorship at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

Contact Info:

Address: Department of Biological Sciences Ecology
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
800 West Main Street,
Whitewater, WI 53190
http://facstaff.uww.edu/tipperyn/
Phone: (262) 472-1061
E-mail: tipperyn@uww.edu