James P. Riser II, PhD

James P. Riser II, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Areas
Plant Systematics, Population Genetics, Floristics, Native Plant Conservation, Fire Ecology
Personal Statement
I have enjoyed the outdoors and the plants that grow there for as long as I can remember. I have lived, traveled, worked, and “botanized” throughout western North America. My love of the botanical world has led to travels across the southeastern and midwestern U.S. and into Mexico, as well as Portugal and Spain. My primary research involves fine-scale plant systematics and population genetics, particularly as applied to questions of recent lineage divergence. In addition to my work with Denver Botanic Gardens, I also work to conserve native prairie plants and habitats in eastern Washington. In my free time, I enjoy mountain biking, camping, hiking, photography, and spending time with my family.