IAB Life Science Hour Seminar Series
|Title:||Systematics meet ecology, paleontology, and genomics at the crossroads of Beringia and beyond|
|Date:||Friday, 28 October 2016|
|Location:||Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium.|
My research focuses on understanding the phylogenetic relationships, biogeography, and gene evolution amongst a diverse group of vascular plants: in lineages of lichens, ferns, gymnosperms, and flowering plants to infer historical evolutionary processes that have resulted in current patterns of biodiversity. My research program integrates molecular approaches with original field studies, morphology, anatomy, and paleobotany. My students and I use this integrative approach in a phylogenetic framework 1) to address questions about processes at macroevolutionary levels, 2) to unravel the evolutionary and biogeographic origins of the Eastern Asian – Western North American floristic patterns at the crossroads of Beringia, and 3) to address diversification dynamics by looking at trait evolution, plant-animal interactions, and niche evolution. Comprehensive empirical studies and integrative work are powerful for resolving long-standing evolutionary questions, and in my opinion are required to secure the future of systematic biology. These interests are explored most importantly from the perspective of morphology and anatomy, to provide a better understanding of form and function, and secondarily my lab is also integrating a toolbox of new technologies with traditional taxonomic approaches. We are employing next-gen genomics, RADseq, and whole plastid genome data for phylogeny and biogeographic reconstruction while continuing to use data from morphology/ anatomy and biogeography to resolve our questions. Systematic work relies on well-curated collections, and we have been involved in developing and promoting cutting-edge informatics tools to interactively collaborate with colleagues, and to allow visualization and dissemination of the results to intellectually diverse and geographically broad audiences through web applications and web portals.
About the Speaker:
Steffi Ickert-Bond is currently an Associate Professor of Botany, Dept. of Biology and Wildlife and Curator of the Herbarium, University of Alaska Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She also is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution, and an Adjunct Faculty Associate at Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences.
- DAAD Research Fellow, Munich University (2013)
- Senior Fellow, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Botany Dept. (2012)
- Postdoctoral Boyd Fellow, The Field Museum of Natural History (2003-2005)
- Ph.D., Arizona State University (Plant Biology) 2003
- M.S., Arizona State University (Botany) 1997
- Dipl. Ing., Technische Fachhochschule, Berlin (Horticulture) 1993
- Arrived at UAF in 2006, tenured in 2011
More information at http://www.frontierbotany.info.
Browse Life Science Hour Seminars
Beginning in 1966 and continuing today, IAB hosts a weekly seminar for faculty, students, staff and the public during the academic year. The series attracts life scientists from Alaska and around the world.
If you wish to meet with a particular speaker, please contact one of the seminar coordinators or the IAB director's office at 907-474-7649.The 2016-2017 faculty coordinators for this seminar series are Greg Breed and Devin Drown. Beginning in 2013, many of the seminars were recorded and can be viewed online. Speakers are listed in chronological order within academic years.
- 8/26/16 (Virginia K. Walker)
- 9/2/16 (Kat Milligan-Myhre)
- 9/6/16 (Art DeVries)
- 9/7/16 (Chi-Hing Christina Cheng)
- 9/16/16 (Kathryn Clancy)
- 9/23/16 (Jeff Freymueller)
- 9/30/16 (Wil Wollheim)
- 10/7/16 (Andrea Ferrante)
- 10/14/16 (Vincent B. Young)
- 10/21/16 (Kriya Dunlap)
- 10/28/16 (Steffi Ickert-Bond)
- 11/4/16 (Jason Burkhead)
- 11/11/16 (Jim Cook)