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Plant Biology and Conservation MS Program Faculty

Program Director

Name
Kathleen Pigg
Professor

Pigg is a paleobotanist who studies fossil plants that are related to modern groups of conifers, ferns and woody hardwood trees. Her group studies the origin of plants of the temperate deciduous biome.

480-965-3154
LSE 744; 155 Alameda Building 1735 W Alameda Drive Arizona State University

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Plant Biology and Conservation (MS)

Conservation addresses a growing need for botanists and conservation biologists in academic institutions, government...

Program Faculty

Name
Expertise
Marc Baker
Adjunct Faculty
928-636-0252
Frank Bungartz
Herbarium Research Specialist

Arizona State University
July 2017 - present: Curator of Lichens and Digital Data

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands
November 2004 - present: Adjunct Scientist (CDF Lichen Inventory)

480-727-5867
Natural History Collections, Room 151D 734 W Alameda Dr
Thomas Day
Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist

Day is a plant ecologist who studies factors that control plant performance, plant litter decomposition and carbon cycling.

480-965-8165
Shannon Fehlberg
Desert Botanical Garden adjunct
Nico Franz
Professor and Biocollections Director

Franz is an insect systematist who specializes in New World weevil diversity and evolution. He curates the Hasbrouck Insect Collection and directs the Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC) and ASU Biocollections.

480-965-2036
Arizona State University Biocollections AB 145
Ferran Garcia-Pichel
Regents' Professor and Center Director

Garcia-Pichel is the Director of the Center for Applied and Fundamental Microbiomics. He studies the roles, adaptations and impacts of microbes in natural environments, from desert soils to shallow marine waters.

480-727-7534
BDI B330A
Roberto Gaxiola
Professor

Gaxiola studies the physiological mechanisms by which plants regulate root activity and nutrient uptake. His work may be used to engineer crops that could help secure future food supplies.

Gillian Gile
Assistant Professor

Gile is an evolutionary microbiologist who studies single-celled eukaryotes (protists) and symbiosis.

480-727-4761
Sharon Hall
Professor; special advisor to the director for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion

Hall is an ecologist and conservation scientist who studies connections between people and the environment. She is the faculty lead for the Conservation Bio & Ecology degree program and an award-winning teacher in her field.

480-965-5650
LSA 320
Wendy Hodgson
Desert Botanical Garden adjunct
480-481-8108
Kevin Hultine
Desert Botanical Garden adjunct
480-481-8195
Stefanie Ickert-Bond
University of Alaska adjunct
907-474-6277
Leslie Landrum
Senior Research Scientist; Herbarium Curator

Leslie Landrum is a senior research scientist and ASU Herbarium Curator.

480-965-4679
LSC C352
Elizabeth Makings
Research Specialist

I am a botanist interested in the diversity, distribution, and evolutionary history of plants and applying this knowledge toward outreach and conservation.

ASU Herbarium 734 W. Alameda
Joseph Mcauliffe
Desert Botanical Garden adjunct
Desert Botanical Garden adjunct
Kathleen Pigg
Professor

Pigg is a paleobotanist who studies fossil plants that are related to modern groups of conifers, ferns and woody hardwood trees. Her group studies the origin of plants of the temperate deciduous biome.

480-965-3154
LSE 744; 155 Alameda Building 1735 W Alameda Drive Arizona State University
Simone Rabeling
Research Assistant Professor
480-727-0697
427 Tyler Mall
Helen Rowe
McDowell Desert Preserve adjunct
765-427-8833
Osvaldo Sala
Foundation Professor and GIOS Center Director

Sala is the Julie A. Wrigley and Regents' and Foundation Professor and the Founding Director of the Global Drylands Center at ASU.

480-965-4120
School of Life Sciences LSA 218
Kelly Steele
Associate Professor

Steele is an evolutionary plant biologist with interests in molecular, chromosomal and genome size evolution.

480-727-1204
WANER 340G
Heather Throop
Associate Professor (joint with SESE)

Throop is an ecosystem scientist who studies how global-scale changes influence arid and semi-arid ecosystems. She is co-director of the Environmental Life Sciences PhD program.

480-727-2617
Arvind Varsani
Associate Professor

Varsani is a molecular virologist who works across ecosystems from plants to animals and from the tropics to polar regions.

480-727-2093
Martin Wojciechowski
Associate Professor and Associate Dean

Martin Wojciechowski is an evolutionary biologist who studies plants, with an emphasis on the genomics, biogeography, and phylogenetics of legumes (family Leguminosae) and cacti (family Cactaceae).

480-727-7767
Office LSE 711