Welcome to the Specht Lab!

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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: http://www.peoplebehindthescience.com/dr-chelsea-specht/

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).


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