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 species of Leavenworthia. 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.
Two major themes currently being explored in the lab are shifts in flower color and mating system evolution. One set of projects focuses on the evolutionary maintenance of a flower color polymorphism in Leavenworthia stylosa. A second project focuses on the repeated evolution of self-compatibility in Leavenworthia alabamica.