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Professor of Biology, Emerita
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsOur current focus is on maize anther development to understand how cell fate is specified. We discovered that hypoxia triggers specification of the archesporial (pre-meiotic) cells, and that these cells secrete a small protein MAC1 that patterns the adjacent soma to differentiate as endothecial and secondary parietal cell types. We also discovered a novel class of small RNA: 21-nt and 24-nt phasiRNAs that are exceptionally abundant in anthers and exhibit strict spatiotemporal dynamics.
Professor of Biology, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsEvolutionary adaptive mechanisms, molecules to ecosystems
Paula V. Welander
Associate Dean for Integrative Initiatives in DEI, Associate Professor of Environmental Earth System Science and, by courtesy, of Biology and of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsBiosynthesis of lipid biomarkers in modern microbes; molecular geomicrobiology; microbial physiology
Yingtong "Amanda" WU
BioI am a plant ecologist, botanist, and naturalist. I am broadly interested in microbial ecology, canopy ecology, and their intersections with the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of Native Americans. I completed my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics with the Ricklefs Lab at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. I am currently a postdoc researcher at the Fukami Lab, Stanford University, where I will be applying my analytical skills in microbial DNA sequencing to understand: (1) the community assembly of monkeyflower nectar microbes and (2) the effects of wildfires and prescribed burning on microbial communities associated with California oaks.
My previous and ongoing research projects include:
FIRES AND TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE
SPECIES RANGE SIZES AND SPECIES RARITY
SOIL MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES
SPECIES DELIMITATION AND GENE FLOW