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Specht in Greenhouse with Students
Tropical Ginger

Welcome to the Specht Lab!

Tropical Ginger

 
The Specht Lab focuses on studies in Plant form and function. 
 
We use traditional morphological and developmental techniques combined with molecular genetics, comparative genomics and evolutionary biology to study the natural diversity of plants and to help better understand the forces creating and sustaining this diversity.  Our research incorporates elements of systematics, developmental genetics and molecular evolution to study the patterns and processes associated with plant speciation and diversification.  We are part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums (including the UC/Jepson Herbaria and the UC Botanical Garden) and take advantage of living and preserved collections to advance our research in plant systematics, biogeography, and developmental evolution.
 
 
 
 

Kat presents Honor's Thesis Research at CalDay 2014

Undergraduate IB major Katharine Yu, 4 year veteran of the Specht Lab, presented her Honors Thesis research at Cal Day 2014.

Riva advances to Candidacy!

Riva passes her qualifying exams and advances to candidacy for a PhD in Plant Biology. Congratulations, Riva!!!

Graduate Student Stephen Yee gets an NSF DDIG!!

Stephen's Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant focused on understanding EMF2-mediated gene regulation in the model moss species P.patens was selected for funding by the National Science Foundation. Congratulations Stephen!!

Grady awarded Student Initiated SPUR grant!

Grady Pierroz, undergraduate major in Genetics and Plant Biology, was awarded a student initiated SPUR to conduct his senior research on the effect of tissue culture on patterns of genome methylation and transposon activity in Musa (bananas)

Zingiberales SEP in Molecular Biology and Evolution

Roxana Yockteng's research on the evolution of the SEP gene family and its role in floral evolution published in Molecular Biology and Evolution. Congratulations to Roxana and coauthors Kelsie and Ana!

MONOCOTSV: Almeida wins Arber award

Ana Almeida won the award for best student presentation at the Fifth International Conference on Comparative Biology of Monocotyledons (Monocots V), held at the New York Botanical Garden and Fordham University.

Cover for the Journal of Biogeography

Former UC MEXUS Postdoc Eduardo Ruiz-Sanchez gets the cover of Journal of Biogeography, July 2013 volume, for his research on the phylogeography of the Mexican native monocot Nolina parviflora.

Welcome Riva!!

After completing her first year, Riva decided to join the Specht Lab!

GRADUATION 2013

Congratulations to our 2013 Graduates!! Ana Almeida (PhD in Plant Biology) and undergraduates Kelsie Moroika (GPB), Jared Nathanson (MCB), Colin Hill (MCB), Miranda Sun (MCB).

Susan Hepp passes her qualifying exam!

Congratulations to Susan Hepp, who passed her qualifying exam on 2 May. She will now continue her research on the evolution of endogenous plant viruses. Way to go, Susan!!!

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