Dena Grossenbacher

Assistant Professor Dena GrossenbacherDena Grossenbacher, Ph.D.

AssOCIATE Professor

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33-318 lab


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BS Botany, Cum Laude, University of Washington
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Postdoc, University of California, Davis
Postdoc, University of Minnesota
Postdoc, Washington State University

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in how plant-environment interactions generate and maintain plant diversity, and the processes underlying the origin and extinction of species. I use the California flora to address these questions because of its astonishing variation both among and within species. In particular, I focus on the members of Phrymaceae which display a wide variety of flower types, mating systems, range sizes and habitat specializations making them ideal for investigating evolutionary and ecological processes that generate diversity.

Advising Interests

  • Evolution
  • Plant evolutionary ecology
  • Speciation 
  • Phylogenetics
  • Biodiversity


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