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.

"People behind the Science" interview

Chelsea was interviewed by Maria McNeely for a "People Behind the Science" episode. Check it out:

Pan-Am Society for EvoDevo comes to Berkeley

The Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology met at UC Berkeley's Clark Kerr Campus. Riva presents her work on floral symmetry.

Specht Lab @ Evolution 2015

Former Specht Lab members Maria Eduarda 'Duda' Maldaner, Thaigo Andre, and Shayla Salzman meet up at Evolution 2015.

BSA Travel Award to Riva Bruenn!!

Congratulations to Riva Bruenn for obtaining a Botanical Society of America (BSA) Development & Structural Section Travel Grant for attending Botany 2015 in Edmonton (CA).

Graduations 2015

Congratulations to our 2015 Specht Lab graduates: Stephen Yee (PhD), Gracie Benson-Martin (MS) and Felicia Lee (BA).

Research with a view

Dr. Tanya Renner visits the lab and works with Dr. Chodon Sass on developing NGS.

What's AGAMOUS got to do with it?

Ana Almeida's paper on the evolution of AGAMOUS and its influence on floral morphology in the Zingiberales published in BMC EvoDevo!

Joyce Chery wins video competition

Joyce Chery, a first year graduate student in Integrative Biology, won 2nd place in the 2015 Distinguished Fellows Video Contest! You seriously must watch her video, highlighting the importance of diversity in science, at UC Berkeley and beyond.

Lynn Ly named 2015 SURF Rose Hill Fellow!

Lynn Ly and her Graduate Student mentor Stephen Yee take a break from their research to pose for a congratulatory photo. Lynn was named a 2015 SURF Rose Hill Fellow at UC Berkeley and will spend the summer continuing her research in the lab.

Funding for Research on Zingiberales

Funding for research on Zingiberales now available from the Heliconia Society International


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