Christopher R. Herlihy
Department of Biolgy
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office: SCI 1059
Lab: SCI 1056
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.