The members of the Integrative Plant Biology (IPB) focal group study the form, function, evolution and ecology of higher plants. Research interests include the molecular biology of development (Tague), the biochemistry and physiology of growth (Muday), physiological ecology (Smith), molecular systematics (Kron), and population, community and landscape ecology (Silman/Anderson). Interest in higher plants unifies the group and generates extensive and productive interactions among faculty and students. IPB research offers the opportunity for both laboratory-based research and field research at local, national and international field sites (ref: WFU Biology field sites). The breadth in faculty interests and laboratory facilities affords students excellent opportunities to answer questions which cross the boundaries between traditional disciplines in plant biology. A graduate seminar course is offered each semester by members of the group. These seminars explore advanced and emerging topics in various fields of plant biology and help students understand the design of experiments and the interpretation of results. Recent and upcoming seminar topics include biogeography, advanced systematic, plant ecology, plant-animal interactions, plant physiology, and plant development. IPB faculty welcome graduate student research proposals based on their ongoing research programs, as well as new proposals based on incoming graduate student interest. Please feel free to contact any of the IPB faculty to discuss Master’s degree and Ph.D. research.
Links to Faculty Pages:
Dr. Michael Anderson: Plant, soil and landscape ecology; tropical savannas
Dr. Kathy Kron: Morphological and molecular phylogeny of the blueberry family
Dr. Gloria Muday: Hormonal and transcriptional control of plant growth and development
Dr. Miles R. Silman: Plant community ecology and population biology
Dr. William K. Smith: Plant physiological and biophysical ecology
Dr. Brian Tague: Molecular genetic analysis of photomorphogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana