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.

Graduation 2017

Riva Bruenn from the Specht Lab walks in the 2017 Graduation held at the Greek Theater. Look for her complete PhD ca August 2017!!!!!!!!

ScienceIRL (In Real Life) Episodes with Joyce and Carrie

Ever wonder how botanists preserve plants so they can be used by researchers hundreds of years in the future? UC Berkeley PhD students Joyce Chery and Carrie Tribble are here to show you!

Mannequin Challenge

Check out our Mannequin Challenge video:

Joyce Chery - Doctoral Candidate

Congratulations to Joyce Chery, Doctoral Candidate for a PhD in Integrative BIology

Frontiers Research Topic -- EvoDevo and Climate Change

SMART (Student Mentoring and Research Team) Participants Riva Bruenn and Annie Zell

Riva Bruenn and Annie Zell spent the summer doing amazing research together as part of the prestigious SMART program. Riva mentored Annie through the process of exploring the role of DRIF genes in the development and evolution of floral symmetry within the Zingiberales.

Former Specht Lab Undergrad Laura Lagomarsino wins the Ernst Mayr Award

Dr. Laura Lagomarsino, recently graduated from Harvard University, current NSF postdoctoral fellow, and soon to be Assistant Professor at LSU, won the extremely prestigious Ernst Mayr Award at the Evolution meetings in Austin TX. Laura graduated from UC Berkeley in 2008 with Honors having completed a thesis on Heliconia evolution in the Specht Lab. Congratulations Laura!!

Jesus Martinez-Gomez joining Specht Lab

Recently graduated from UW, Jesus Martinez-Gomez will be joining the Specht Lab this fall as a Graduate student in Integrative Biology. Check out this video introducing him and his research interests and expertise.

Graduation 2016

Congratulations to Specht Lab HONORS!!!! graduates Michelle Liu (MCB), Christian Cabuslay (MEB) and Lynn Ly (GPB)

Riva, Joyce and Carrie - Outstanding GSIs 2016

Congratulations to Joyce Chery, Riva Bruenn, and Carrie Tribble - 2016 OGSI Award Winners!


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