Graduate Students

Learn more about our graduate program here.

Megan Clark

M.S. Student

megan.clark@botanicgardens.org

Department of Integrative Biology​
University of Colorado - Denver

Megan is interested in plant ecology and restoration. She is specifically interested in researching questions about restoration practices and the impacts of climate change on recovering plant communities.

Tiffany Gentry

M.S. Student

tiffany.gentry@botanicgardens.org

Department of Integrative Biology
University of Colorado – Denver

Tiffany is interested in the species-level phylogenetics with applications to conservation. Her thesis focuses on the origins of polyploidy in the genus Eutrema (Brassicaceae), and, the evolutionary history of the E. penlandii-E.edwardsii species complex.

Alissa Iverson

M.S. Student

alissa.iverson@botanicgardens.org

Department of Integrative Biology
University of Colorado – Denver

Alissa is interested in plant ecology, restoration and conservation. Her research focuses on the soil seed bank composition at the future site of the green stormwater infrastructure project at the High Line Canal in Denver.

Emily Orr

M.S. Student

emily.orr@botanicgardens.org

Department of Integrative Biology
University of Colorado - Denver

Emily’s interests lie in how plant conservationists and land managers can use genetic assessments to inform their management strategies from in situ conservation to restoration seed-sourcing techniques.

Audrey Spencer

Ph.D. Student

audrey.spencer@ucdenver.edu

Department of Integrative Biology
University of Colorado – Denver

Audrey is a plant taxonomist and biogeographer interested in the origins of the flora of the Southern Rockies. Her research combines phylogenetic, biogeographic, and morphologic lines of evidence to clarify the taxonomic relationships within Physocarpus, a genus of deciduous shrubs in family Rosaceae.

Previous Graduate Students and Thesis Titles

  • Carla DeMasters, M.S., University of Colorado – Denver, 2017, How do native annual and biennial species affect Bromus tectorum L. (Poaceae) abundance?
  • Liam Cullinane, M.S., University of Colorado – Denver, 2020, City Bees: An investigation of the drivers of bee abundance and bee richness along a rural-to-urban gradient
  • Margo Yousse, M.S., University of Colorado – Denver, 2020, Beaver dam analogs impact riparian vegetation communities
  • Amanda Miller, M.S., University of Colorado – Denver, 2021, How herbicide and seed treatments impact pollinator habitat in restoration of abandoned rangelands
     

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