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.

Katherine Fu

Ph.D. Student

katherine.fu@botanicgardens.org

Department of Integrative Biology​
University of Colorado - Denver
Katherine is planning a career in plant ecology and conservation. Specifically, she is interested in focusing on research questions related to restoration, plant communities, succession and plant/animal interactions.

Tiffany Gentry

tiffany.gentry@botanicgardens.org

Department of Integrative Biology
University of Colorado – Denver
Tiffany is researching the rare alpine mustard Eutrema penlandii. She will be examining within-genus phylogenetic relationships, as well as researching the breeding system of the species.

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.

Gary Olds

M.S. Student

gary.olds@botanicgardens.org

Department of Integrative Biology
University of Colorado – Denver
Gary is interested in environmental science and biodiversity. His research focuses on fungal diversity in the Colorado Rockies. Specifically, he is looking at the systematics and diversity of the fungal genus Lactarius.

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 interested in the flora and biogeography of the Southern Rockies. Specifically, she is interested in the disjunct populations of Eastern North American plants that occur in the foothills of the Front Range and the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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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