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Chris Herlihy

Christopher R. Herlihy

Associate Professor

Department of Biolgy

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN 37132


Phone: 615-898-2611

Office: SCI 1059

Lab: SCI 1056

Middle Tennessee State University

Evolution and Ecology of Plant Reproduction


My students and I work on questions related to the ecology, evolution and pollination biology of cedar glade endemic plants. We use a combination of experiments done in the field, greenhouse and growth chambers, as well as genetic analysis to answer questions about major evolutionary trends in flowering plants.


Research in the lab is currently focused on the recovery of the federally endangered Pyne's ground plum (Astragalus bibullatus). We are studying its pollination biology to try to understand the factors limiting seed set and population growth.

Other work in the lab has focused on the pollination ecology of Leavenworthia species, including projects examining flower color polymorphisms, the evolution of self-fertilization, and changes in flowering time in response to climate change.


For more information, see our research and publications pages.

Leavenworthia stylosa
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