Welcome to the Wolfe Lab Homepage

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This page is setup to introduce you to the Wolfe lab and the systematics program at Ohio State University. I have included links to several other sites of general interest to plant systematists and evolutionary biologists.

People in the Wolfe Lab

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From left to right: Chris Randle, Shannon Datwyler, Andi Wolfe. Shannon finished her Ph.D. in August 2001 and is currently teaching in the Department of Biology at Whitman College.
Mark Mort (former postdoc now at University of Kansas) and Shannon Datwyler

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Theresa Culley (graduate from Allison Snow's Lab; now on a postdoc at UC Irvine) and Andrew Lutz (finished his MS in August 2001).
Current personnel in the Wolfe lab include the PI, Andrea D. Wolfe (Andi) , Chris Randle (Ph.D. candidate), Jenny Archibald (Ph.D. candidate), Jeff Morawetz (Ph.D. student), Shawn Moses (M.S. student), and Nidia Arguedas (technician). We're always looking to add a few more energetic and motivated students. If you would like to have more information about the research in our lab, check out the other web pages associated with this site (Research Interests, Plant Systematics, Molecular Evolution, and Penstemon Website).

Research in the Wolfe Lab

The Wolfe Lab is conducting research in plant systematics of plants in the snapdragon family (Srophulariaceae: tribe Cheloneae; Penstemon); Orobanchaceae:Hyobanche, Harveya) and molecular evolution of photosynthetic genes in nonphotosynthetic plants. Other research projects focus on hybridization and the study of pollen presentation theory in the genus Penstemon. We also pioneered the use of ISSR markers in natural populations for studies of hybrid speciation, hybridization and conservation biology.

Plant Systematics at Ohio State University

Plant systematics is an active area of research in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. Areas of interest range from conservation biology, hybridization and introgression, biogeography, phylogeny reconstruction, and molecular evolution.

Research in the Wolfe lab includes plant systematics and molecular evolution of photosynthetic genes in parasitic plants. The range of taxa encompassess nonparasitic and parasitic plants of Scrophulariales (Scrophulariaceae and Orobanchaceae) and mycoheterotrophic plants of Ericaceae. We are working on projects dealing with diploid hybrid speciation, gene flow, and phylogenetic reconstruction as well as charting the molecular changes associated with loss of photosynthetic ability in parasitic plants.

John Freudenstein joined EEOB in October, 1999. He is the director of The OSU Herbarium, and he has an active research program in systematics of Orchidaceae and many other interesting groups of plants. Check his website for details.


Sites of Interest to Botanists

A Collection of Botany Related URLs: Main Menu
ASPT homepage
Botanical Society of America homepage
Biological Internet Resources
Missouri Botanical Garden Homepage
Parasitic plant connection
Systematic Botany Links - TAMU Herbarium
The WWW VL Biosciences: Index

Molecular Systematics/Ecology Resources

The ISSR Resource Website
Phylogenetics Software Resources
The National Center for Biotechnology Information
Searching GenBank

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Wolfe Homepage

Research Interests

Penstemon Website

Please send your suggestions, comments, and corrections to wolfe.205@osu.edu
Last updated November 11, 2001.