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Christina  Richards

Christina Richards

Christina Richards
Associate Professor

Contact

Office: SCA 127
Phone: 813-974-5090
Lab: SCA 120, SCA 122
Fax: 974-3263
Email: clr@usf.edu

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Education

Senior Postdoctoral associate, NYU, 2007-2009

Postdoctoral associate and research assistant professor, Stony Brook University, 2004-2006

Ph.D. University of Georgia, 2004

B.A. Biology, Swarthmore College, 1995

Research

Plant ecological genetics and genomics, ecological and evolutionary epigenetics, plant ecophysiology, conservation genetics, global change biology.

Research Interests

My research interests incorporate genomics tools and approaches into robust ecological experiments because this will be a critical component of understanding how organisms respond to the ecological and evolutionary challenges of human alteration of the global environment. The rapidly escalating amount of genomic tools developed for model systems grown in controlled conditions can be used to examine the mechanisms of phenotypic response in a broad array of wild organisms and biologically relevant conditions. Also, several epigenetic mechanisms have dramatic effects on phenotype, even in the absence of changes in genotype, and there is increasing evidence that epigenetic processes are an important component of hybridization events and response to stressful environments. Hybridization and exposure to stressful conditions have been important in the evolutionary history of many plant species and especially in more recent, human mediated plant invasions. Therefore, investigating epigenetic effects in our experimental studies could significantly improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying phenotypic variation and the translation from genotype to phenotype. Placing genomics and systems biology within a classic ecological genetics framework allows us to investigate these components of plant response to natural and human altered environments. Current and future research in my laboratory include studies of 1) ecological genetics and genomics in coastal salt marsh plants to address ecological interactions and response to climate change; 2) how epigenetic effects contribute to phenotypic variation and ecological breadth in native and invasive plants; 3) experimental evolution of epigenetic effects in Arabidopsis 4) phenotypic plasticity in natural and agricultural systems in changing environments.

Specialty Area

Plant Ecological Genomics

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
92514BSC 2011005Bio II - Biological Diversity
3TR

11:00am-12:15pm

SOC 131

81388BSC 4910004Undergraduate Research
1



TBA TBA

91964BSC 6932066Adv in Eco Genomics
Non bio Majors CI Required http://biology.usf.edu/ib/permit.aspx
1



TBA TBA

86861BSC 6935003Graduate Seminar in Biology
1F

4:00pm-4:55pm

SCA 202

82719BSC 6971010Thesis: Master's
2-19



TBA TBA

83230BSC 7910026Directed Research
1-19



TBA TBA

82128BSC 7980025Dissertation: Doctoral
2-19



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