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MATT KOSKI

Assistant Professor

Matt joined the Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson in 2019. Matt did doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh and a Postdoc at University of Virginia. 

mkoski[at]clemson.edu

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CIERRA SULLIVAN

Graduate Student

Cierra is a PhD student in Biological Sciences. She joined the lab from Virginia where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology at Christopher Newport University. Cierra has studied everything from pollen color polymorphisms as an REU at Mountain Lake Biological Station, to the function of orb-weaving spider web decorations in The Bahamas. Cierra's dissertation project investigates the evolutionary ecology of leaf variegation using Hexastylis heterophylla. Specifically, she is interested in the eco-physiological effects of the leaf variegation polymorphism in this system and how variegation impacts various aspects of plant performance, such as photosynthetic efficiency and reproduction.

csulli5[at]g.clemson.edu

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ANITA CISTERNAS FUENTES

Postdoctoral Fellow

Anita recently obtained her PhD in Plant Biology and Conservation from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on conservation, population genetics and the role that plant reproduction plays in determining genetic patterns. For her postdoc she will be working on pollen limitation, self-incompatibility and population genetics of Argentina anserina. 

acister[at]g.clemson.edu

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JACOB HEILING

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jacob is a field ecologist who studies the roles that plant traits play in shaping plant reproductive ecology, with an emphasis on the effects of floral traits on mutualist and herbivore behavior.  He earned his PhD at North Carolina State University in 2019 and spent 2020 as a Research and Teaching postdoc at Florida State University in the Underwood and Inouye labs.  He joined the Koski lab at Clemson in 2021 where his work focuses on the role of floral thermal regulation in the reproductive ecology of Potentilla anserina in southwestern Colorado.  Jacob is also engaged in an ongoing study of floral scent variation in Lupinus argenteus in the same region.  He is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Pollination Ecology, and loves foraging, dogs, plant propagation, and fly fishing.

jheilin[at]g.clemson.edu

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JENNIFER APLAND

Graduate Student

Jennifer is a masters student who is interested in floral traits, global climate trends, and plant-pollinator interactions. Prior to joining the lab she received her undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences. Her past research experiences include understanding pollinator mediated speciation in the neotropics, insecticide influences on pollination and bee behavior, and effectiveness of equity and diversity and inclusion curriculum in introductory college courses. For her Masters Project, Jen is experimentally testing the impacts of floral temperature on pollinator visitation and behavior. Outside of plants, Jennifer loves coffee, climbing, and cats.

japland[at]clemson.edu

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ROSLYNN DWYER

Undergraduate Researcher

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CAMERON FOREHAND

Undergraduate Researcher

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JEFF GILMAN

Undergraduate Researcher 2019-2020

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NICOLE JOHNSON

Undergraduate Researcher 2020

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LINDSAY FINNELL

Lab Manager 2020-2021

JOIN THE LAB

I'm excited for the opportunity to work with scientists interested in ongoing projects or in developing new directions. If you'd like to join the lab as a graduate student or postdoc, please get in touch. The Department of Biological Sciences offers both M.S. and PhD tracks. Clemson offers excellent plant growth facilities, and access to local field sites in the Clemson Forest and nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. 

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