Department of Biology
B.A. Hartwick College1984
M.S. Johns Hopkins University 1992
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts-Amherst 1998
Office: Bush Science Center, room 214B
My current research interests include investigating the regulation of hydrolytic enzyme secretion in carnivorous pitcher plants (particularly Nepenthes ventricosa), cloning and characterizing candidate enzymes, using fluorescent in situ hybridization to identify their presence in specific tissues, and Real Time PCR to assess their expression. In 2007 I began a new research project investigating hydrolytic enzymes involved in mixotrophic metabolism of toxic, algal bloom causing dinoflagellates. Most recently I have begun a population genetics study of White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa). In the past I have worked on projects studying programmed cell death during floral senescence and vascular tissue differentiation.