Phylogenomics and biogeography of Micranthes (Saxifragaceae) by Rebecca Stubbs
2015 NSF OISE-1515227 EAPSI:Tracing the Evolution and Distribution of an Alpine-Arctic Plant Between North America and China – $5000
2018 ASPT Cooley Award Winner – $500
The genus Micranthes (Saxifragaceae) has been overlooked and understudied. This is a consequence of having been incorrectly merged with Saxifraga for over two centuries, its muddled taxonomy and karyology, and the remote and isolated location of its many species in alpine and arctic areas. This research will provide the first in-depth evolutionary and systematic study of these enigmata taxa. This is being achieved through extensive and arduous fieldwork throughout North America, establishment of a living collection, cutting-edge next generation DNA sequencing, and in-depth taxonomic studies. Furthermore, a thorough systematic and taxonomic revision of the genus, coupled with the distribution of many taxa in alpine and arctic areas, will have significance in consideration of global climate change.
Stubbs, R.L., Folk, R.A., Soltis, D.E., Cellinese, N. 2020. Diversification in the Arctic: Biogeography and Systematics of the North American Micranthes (Saxifragaceae). Systematic Botany 45: 802-811.
Stubbs, R.L., Folk, R.A., Xiang, C., Chen, S., Soltis, D.E., Cellinese, N. 2020. A Phylogenomic Perspective on Evolution and Discordance in the Alpine-Arctic Plant Clade Micranthes (Saxifragaceae). Frontiers in Plant Science 10:1773 doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01773
Folk, R.A., Stubbs, R.L., Mort, M.E., Cellinese, N., Allen, J.M., Soltis, P.S., Soltis, D.E., Guralnick, R.P. 2019. Rates of niche and phenotype evolution lag behind diversification in a temperate radiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Stubbs, R.L., Soltis, D.E., and Cellinese, N. 2018. The future of cold-adapted plants in changing climates: The clade Micranthes (Saxifragaceae) as a case study. Ecology and Evolution doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4242.
Stubbs. R., Folk, R., Xiang, C., Soltis, D., Cellinese, N. 2018. Pseudo-parallel patterns of disjunctions in an Arctic-alpine plant lineages. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 123: 88-100.
Other Funds and Awards
2016 Torrey Botanical Society Graduate Student Research Fellowship – $2500
2016 Arkansas Native Plant Society Delzie Demaree Research Grant – $1000
2016 Cactus and Succulent Society of America Research Grant – $1500
2016 The Explorers Club Exploration Fund – Mamont Scholars Program – $2000
2016 MSLC Science Education Grant – $3000
2015 Arctic Institute of North America Grant-in-Aid – $1000
2015 Washington Native Plant Society Research Grant – $800
2015 Botanical Society of America Graduate Student Research Award – $500
2015 UF Biology Dept. Davis Graduate Fellowship in Botany – $500
2014 Society of Systematic Biologist Graduate Student Award – $2000
2014 American Society of Plant Taxonomists Graduate Student Research Grant – $800
2014 California Native Plant Society, Natalie Hopkins Award – $500
2014 Idaho Native Plant Society Education, Research and Inventory Grant Program – $800
2014 Native Plant Society of Oregon Field Research Grant – $750
2014 UF Biology Dept. John Paul Olowo Memorial Fund Research Grant- $300