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Staff, Student and Associates Directory

This directory lists staff, students and associates conducting plant systematics research in affiliation with the University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS) collections in Dickinson Hall and the curatorial staff of all the collections. An additional list below provides the most recent contact information available to us for some of our former staff and students. If you do not find the person you are looking for in this list, try the following:

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For general information contact: herb[replace with @]flmnh.ufl.edu.

For vascular, algal, bryophyte, lichen, seed and wood collection-related matters, contact:

Kent D. Perkins, Collection ManagerPh.: 352.273.1990
University of Florida Herbarium 
Florida Museum of Natural History 
379 Dickinson Hall, PO Box 110575herb[replace with @]flmnh.ufl.edu
Gainesville, FL 32611-0575 

For fungal and paleobotany collection-related matters, consult the individual collection Web pages:

Vascular Plants | Herbarium Library | Bryophyte and Lichens | Fungal | Wood | Paleobotany

Herbarium Collection Staff

Name / TitleEmail (remove "[nospam]")PhoneLocation
Research Interests
Williams, Dr. Norris H.
Keeper of the Herbarium
orchid@[nospam]flmnh.ufl.edu352.273.1982 374 Dickinson
Systematics and evolution of Orchidaceae
Perkins, Kent D.
Collection Manager (vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, wood)
kperkins@[nospam]flmnh.ufl.edu352.273.1984 379 Dickinson
Herbarium computerization and data management; endangered species; types of the UF Herbarium
Frank, Marc S.
Extension Botanist; Associate Collection Manager (starting 1 July 2016)
mfrank@[nospam]flmnh.ufl.edu; plantid@[nospam]flmnh.ufl.edu352-273-1994 379 Dickinson
Plant identification; horticulture and horticultural systematics; botanic garden collection management
Smith, Dr. Matthew E. (Web page)
Curator of the Fungal Herbarium, Asst. Professor, Plant Pathology Dept.
trufflesmith@[nospam]ufl.edu352.273.2837 Dept. of Plant Pathology, 2517 Fifield Hall, University of Florida, PO Box 110680, Gainesville FL 32611-0680
Cellinese, Dr. Nico (Web page)
Assoc. Curator, Plant Systematics / Informatics
ncellinese@[nospam]flmnh.ufl.edu352.273.1979 Dickinson Hall
Systematics of the Campanulaceae; Systematics of the Sonerila generic alliance (Melastomataceae); Informatics; Herbis; Tolkin.
Davis, S. Barry
Herbarium Systematics Research Staff; Asst. Extension Botanist
plantid@[nospam]flmnh.ufl.edu352.273.1990 379 Dickinson
Plant Identification and Information Service; Asteraceae; Florida flora

Current Staff, Students and Research Associates

Name / TitleEmail (remove "[nospam]")PhoneLocation
Research Interests
Abbott, J. Richard
Courtesy Assistant Scientist FLMNH, Postdoc at NY Botanical Garden
badiera@[nospam]yahoo.com- New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY
Phylogenetics of Polygalaceae; flora of Florida; DNA barcoding; general plant identification with a focus on North America and the tropics
Blanchard, Jr., Dr. Orland J.
Research Associate
Orland.Blanchard@[nospam]liu.edu352.273.1990 379 Dickinson
Systematics of Malvaceae
Chanderbali, Andre
Biology Department Postdoctoral Employee
achander@[nospam]botany.ufl.edu352.273.1976 Dickinson (Molecular Systematics group)
Lauraceae systematics; floral evolutionary genetics
Corogin, Paul
Graduate Student
pcorogin@[nospam]ufl.edu352.273.1992 379 Dickinson
Plant systematics; Florida flora
Dressler, Dr. Robert L.
Research Associate
-- Currently at Jardín Botánico Lankester, Costa Rica.
Systematics and pollination biology of Orchidaceae
Garcia, Nicolas
Graduate Student
nicogarcia@[nospam]ufl.edu352.273.1961 Dickinson (Molecular Systematics group)
Systematics and evolution of Amaryllidaceae and Asparagales
Griffin III, Dr. Dana
Research Associate
(contact the herbarium)- 379 Dickinson
Bryophytes; lichens
Heaney, J. Michael
Graduate Student
jheaney@[nospam]ufl.edu352.273.1961 Dickinson (Molecular Systematics group)
Orchid anatomy and systematics; Polystachya (Orchidaceae); Systematics of Nolina (Ruscaceae)
Huck, Dr. Robin
Research Associate
mints@[nospam]bellsouth.net- Merritt Island, FL
Lamiaceae; subtropical scrub floras
Jacono, Dr. Colette
Courtesy Asst. Research Scientist
colettej@[nospam]ufl.edu- 379 Dickinson
James, Dr. Shelley A.
iDigBio Data Management Coordinator
sjames@[nospam]flmnh.ufl.edu352.273.1592 iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History, PO Box 117800, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-7800
iDigBio (data management and developer); Molecular systematics; tropical ecology, invasive species; Pacific Island floras
Judd, Dr. Walter S.
Biology Department Emeritus Faculty
lyonia@[nospam]ufl.edu352.273.1983 378 Dickinson
Vascular plant systematics, esp. Melastomataceae and Ericaceae; Florida and West Indian floras, esp. Haiti and the Dominican Republic; Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States project
Lott, Terry A.
Biological Scientist
lott@[nospam]flmnh.ufl.edu352.273.1933 208 Dickinson
Paleobotany; insect host plant interaction
Manchester, Dr. Steven
Museum Associate Curator
steven@[nospam]flmnh.ufl.edu352.273.1935 Dickinson (Paleobotany group)
Molgo, Iwan
Graduate Student
imolgo@[nospam]ufl.edu352.273.1992 379 Dickinson (Molecular Systematics group)
Polyploidy in the Callisia graminea complex (Commelinaceae); Orchidaceae; orchids of Suriname
Neubig, Dr. Kurt M. (Web page)
Former Graduate Student
kneubig@[nospam]siu.edu- Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Orchidaceae; systematics of Dichaea (Orchidaceae); western North American Astereae (Asteraceae)
Pemberton, Robert W.
Courtesy Curator
pembert3@[nospam]bellsouth.net954.812.3908 -
Pollination ecology (orchids etc.); ecology of invasive species (plants and insects- including the invasive orchid bee); biological control of invasive species
Pridgeon, Dr. Alec M.
Courtesy Curator
apridg1@[nospam]earthlink.net561.798.5109 Wellington, Florida
Soltis, Dr. Douglas
Biology Department Faculty
dsoltis@[nospam]botany.ufl.edu352.273.1963 Dickinson (Molecular Systematics group)
Soltis, Dr. Pamela
Museum Curator
psoltis@[nospam]flmnh.ufl.edu352.273.1964 Dickinson (Molecular Systematics group)
Whitten, Dr. W. Mark
Museum Staff Researcher
whitten@[nospam]flmnh.ufl.edu352.273.1986 385G Dickinson (Molecular Systematics group)
Systematics and pollination biology of Orchidaceae

Former Staff, Students and Research Associates

Please note: we do not keep this list completely up to date. An internet search may provide more current information.

Name / TitleEmail (remove "[nospam]")PhoneLocation
Research Interests (while at University of Florida)
Andrews, A. Kei
Former Visiting Graduate Student
akeia2001@[nospam]aol.com- -
Phylogenetic analysis of Dyschoriste (Acanthaceae) based on both molecular and morphological data, including a taxonomic revision of the species of Dyschoriste in the Southeastern United States
Beaman, Dr. John H.
Former Courtesy Curator
-- We deeply sorry that Dr. Beaman passed away in the summer of 2015.
Flora of Mt. Kinabalu; Borneo; alpine flora of Mexico and Guatemala
Beaman, Dr. Reed S.
Former Assoc. Curator, Informatics
rsbeaman@[nospam]nsf.gov(703) 292-7163 Program Director, NSF DBI
Informatics; Flora of Mount Kinabalu; Systematics of Elatostema (Urticaceae) and Polyosma (Escalloniaceae);BioGeoMancer; Herbis; Tolkin.
Benny, Dr. Gerald
Former Mycological Collection Manager; Plant Pathology Dept. Staff
gbenny@[nospam]ufl.edu352.273.4684 Building 168
Zygomycete and plectomycete development and taxonomy
Blanco Coto, Mario
Former Graduate Student, now Director at Jardín Botánico Lankester
mario.blancocoto@[nospam]ucr.ac.cr- Jardín Botánico Lankester, Universidad de Costa Rica, Cartago, Costa Rica
Orchidaceae; Aristolochiaceae; Costa Rican flora; plant functional morphology; pollination biology; systematics of Lockhartia (Orchidaceae)
Brockington, Samuel
Former Graduate Student
-- Cambridge, England
Plant systematics
Brown, Paul Martin
Former Research Associate
naorchid@[nospam]aol.com352.861.2565 Ocala, FL
Buzgo, Dr. Matyas
Former Botany Department Postdoctoral Employee
Matyas.Buzgo@[nospam]lsus.edu- Louisiana State University (LSUS), Shreveport, LA
Flower genome project; basal monocots. Web site: http://lsus.edu/sc/bios/buzgo.html.
Carlsward, Barbara S.
Research Associate and Former Graduate Student
bscarlsward@[nospam]eiu.edu217.581.3223 Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Anatomy & molecular phylogenetics of Orchidaceae (Vandeae).
Edwards, Christine (Christy)
Former Graduate Student
cedwar10@[nospam]uwyo.edu307.766.2923 Department of Botany, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Plant systematics and population genetics of Conradina (Lamiaceae)
Endara, Dr. Lorena (Web page)
Post-Doc Biology Dept. (Former PEN Project Manager and Graduate Student)
lendara@[nospam]flmnh.ufl.edu- 218 Carr Hall
Orchidaceae; systematics of the Pleurothallidinae (Orchidaceae); Endemic orchids of Ecuador; Evolutionary history of Scaphosepalum (Orchidaceae); Pollination mechanisms of Dracula orchids (Pleurothallidinae); Diversification of Andean Orchids, Character evolution and morphological datasets
Godden, Grant T.
Former Graduate Student
-- -
Phylogeny of Lamiaceae, particularly Southwestern clades; Orchidaceae
Guala, Dr. Gerald "Stinger"
Former Graduate Student
gguala@[nospam]usgs.gov- U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 302, Reston, VA 20192
Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON), Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), Poaceae, esp. bamboos; monographic revisions of Agenium and Homozeugos (Poaceae), Recipient of the 1996 Delzie Demaree Travel Award
Gulledge, Kim
Former Graduate Student
kgulledge@[nospam]fnai.org- Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Tallahassee, FL
Phylogeny and molecular studies of Catasetum (Orchidaceae); Florida flora; flora of Manatee Springs State Park, Levy County, Florida
Herring, Brenda
Former Graduate Student
Bherring@[nospam]fnai.org- Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Tallahassee, FL
Higgins, Dr. Wesley
Former Graduate Student (May 2000)
-- Sarasota, FL.
Laeliinae (Orchidaceae); Phylogeny of Encyclia (Orchidaceae)
Hubbard, Jeffery
Former Graduate Student
raybot66@[nospam]ufl.edu- Greenhouse Manager, Dept. of Biology, 210 Bartram Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-8525
Plant systematics; Florida flora
Ionta, Dr. Gretchen
Former Postdoctoral Associate and Graduate Student
gretchen.ionta@[nospam]gcsu.edu- Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA
Apocynaceae (Periplocoideae) systematics
Jarzen, Dr. David
Former Research Associate, Paleobotany Collections
dmjsaj@[nospam]gmail.com- Cleveland, OH
Kabat, Cathleen
Former Graduate Student
-- -
Flora of Morningside Nature Center, Alachua County, Florida, USA
Kimbrough, Dr. James W.
Former Curator of the Mycological Herbarium; Plant Pathology Faculty
-- -
Fungi; cytology, morphology, and taxonomy of ascomycetes
Lindler, Trudy
Former Program Assistant
-- -
Herbarium accounting and record management
Majure, Lucas
Former Postdoctoral Associate and Graduate Student
lmajure@[nospam]dbg.org- Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ
Systematics of Cactaceae
Morris, Ashley
Former Graduate Student
-- Formerly: Molecular Systematics group
Population genetics and reproductive strategies of Fagus grandifolia (Fagaceae)
Notis, Christine
Former Graduate Student
-- Formerly with the Molecular Systematics group
Systematics and evolution of Clusiaceae
Oliveira, Dr. Luiz
Former Sabbatical Visitor
lorlando@[nospam]mail.ufv.br- Federal Univ. of Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Genetic diversity of Brazilian plants. Research visitor in 2001-2002 in association with the Molecular Systematics group.
Payton, Adam
Former Graduate Student
acpayton@[nospam]ufl.edu352.392.1107 Biology Dept.
Population genetics of the Lamiaceae
Penneys, Dr. Darin S.
Former Graduate Student
dpenneys@[nospam]calacademy.org415.379.5389 California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118 U.S.A.
Melastomataceae (web site); Systematics of Charianthus (Melastomataceae); Systematics of the Blakeeae (Melastomataceae)
Porter-Utley, Kristen
Former Graduate Student
kporterutley@[nospam]keene.edu- Keene State College, Keene, NH
Systematics of Passiflora section Cieca (Passifloraceae); Ethnobotany
Scheen, Anne Cathrine ("Tina")
Former Visiting Ph.D. Student
tine_scheen@[nospam]hotmail.com- -
Molecular systematics; phylogenetics of Cerastium (Caryophyllaceae)
Silvera, Katia
Former Graduate Student
silverak@[nospam]unr.nevada.edu- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Evolution of the Orchidaceae
Skean, Dr. James Dan
Former Graduate Student
dskean@[nospam]albion.edu517.629.0525 Department of Biology, Albion College
Melastomataceae systematics; West Indian floristics
Speranza, Pablo
Former Graduate Student
-- -
Poaceae, esp. Paspalum; cytogenetics
Sprenkle, Taylor S.
Graduate Student
taylorsprenkle@[nospam]yahoo.com- -
Island biogeography; plant diversity and evolution
Stern, Dr. William Louis
Professor Emeritis, Botany Department
-305.442.7169 The Kampong, 4013 Douglas Rd., Miami, FL 33133-6200
Comparative anatomy of vascular plants; Orchidaceae
Tan, Bian
Former Graduate Student (Summer 1999)
-- Singapore
Florisitic inventory of O'Leno State Park and Northeast River Rise State Preserve, Alachua and Columbia Counties, Florida
Taylor, Dr. Y. Renea
Former Graduate Student (Summer 1999)
yolandertaylor@[nospam]hotmail.com504.483.5016 Biology Dept.
Xavier University
New Orleans, LA 70125
Systematic study of Arecaceae using leaf epicuticular wax and anatomical characters in Coryphoid palms
Thompson, James (Jim)
Former Graduate Student
-- -
Bryology; plant systematics; phylogenetics
Tilley, Derek
Former Graduate Student
pdomensis@[nospam]hotmail.com- use email for contact, now in Wyoming
Systematics; Bromeliaceae; floristics of Millard Co., Utah
Viveros, Paula
Former Visiting Researcher
sobralinae@[nospam]yahoo.com- -
Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae (Orchidaceae)
Wang, Kuo-Hsiung
Former Graduate Student
-- Formerly with Molecular Systematics group
Young, Steve
Former Graduate Student
smyoung@[nospam]gw.dec.state.ny.us518.402.8951 Chief Botanist, New York Natural Heritage Program, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4757
Flora of New York (New York Flora Association blog), especially rare plants; Systematics of the Guadua angustifolia complex (Poaceae: Bambusoideae); the Taxonomy and Natural History of the Bambusa guadua Complex (Poaceae: Bambusoideae).
Zomlefer, Dr. Wendy B.
Former Research Associate
wendyz@[nospam]plantbio.uga.edu- University of Georgia Herbarium
Vascular plant systematics; molecular systematics of the Melanthiaceae; Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States project; types of the UF Herbarium