Genetics Laboratory Technician
As an undergraduate I took a plant systematics class which unexpectedly and blissfully transformed my life and allowed me to realize that I have a passion for plants. Over the last few years I have been aggressively pursuing plant science and all things plant-related.
While completing my Bachelor of Science degree in molecular and cellular biology at UNC in 2009, I enrolled in the Botanical Illustration program at Denver Botanic Gardens and received my certification in botanical illustration in 2010. I went on to complete my Master of Biological Sciences degree in 2012 at UNC in plant population genetics under Dr. Mitchell McGlaughlin. My research emcompassed an extensive genetic analysis of hybridization and diversity of a rare Colorado cactus which was in collaboration with the Gardens. My experiences from studying, researching and illustrating plants have driven my aspiration to work surrounded by plants at the Gardens.
My resesarch at the Gardens genetics lab focuses on endemic and rare Colorado plant species with various questions that we will attempt to resolve using genetic tools. Genetic analyses can enhance our knowledge base, assist in answering questions of diversity, or confirm potential new plant species. The genetic work in my lab aims to aid in taxonomic clarification, as well as aid in recovery and conservation efforts through the use of genetics.
Schwabe. A.L 2012. Analysis of Microsatellites from Sclerocactus glaucus and Sclerocactus parviflorus to Determine Hybridization Levels and Genetic Diversity. Master of Science thesis, University of Northern Colorado.
Schwabe. A.L., Hubbard. A.R., Neale. J.R., McGlaughlin. M.E. 2012. Microsatellite loci development for rare Colorado Sclerocactus (Cactaceae). Conservation Genetics Resources.
Schwabe, A.L. 2011. Analysis of chloroplast DNA from Sclerocactus glaucus and Sclerocactus parviflorus the level of directionality and hybridization between these two species. Aquilegia, Volume 35.
Schwabe. A.L., Neale. J.R., McGlaughlin. M.E., 2011. Analysis of nuclear DNA from Sclerocactus glaucus and S. parviflorus to determine hybridization. Botany 2011, Saint Louis, MO.
Schwabe, A.L., McGlaughlin. M.E., 2011. Analysis of nuclear DNA from Sclerocactus glaucus and S. parviflorus to determine hybridization. University of Northern Colorado Research Day, Greeley, CO.
Schwabe, A.L., McGlaughlin. M.E., 2012. Analysis of microsatellites from Sclerocactus glaucus and S. parviflorus to assess species level taxonomy and hybridization levels between these two species. University of Northern Colorado Research Day, Greeley, CO.