|Phylogeography and Mating System of Spiraea Virginiana Britton: A Multi-Scale Exploration of the Biology of a Threatened Species
||This thesis explores the genetic structure and reproductive biology of Spiraea virginiana, a threatened shrub endemic to 2nd and 3rd order drainages in the southern Appalachians and Cumberland Plateau. I analyzed a dataset created with eight Inter S...
|Developing New Morphological, Geographic, and Molecular Tools to Circumscribe Hexastylis naniflora
||Hexastylis Rafinesque is a genus of 11 species that is broken down into three groups. The Hexastylis Heterophylla subgroup contains three closely related species: H. heterophylla Small, H. minor Blomquist, and H. naniflora Blomquist. Hexastylis nanif...
|Using cpDNA to Assess Species Delimitation between Liatris helleri Porter (Asteraceae) and Liatris turgida Gaiser
||Liatris helleri is a federally-threatened perennial species endemic to nine populations in Western North Carolina. Evidence suggests that L. helleri is morphologically indistinguishable from L. turgida, and thus should be subsumed into a single speci...