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

Micranthes 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

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