Emily L. Gillespie
Curator of the Marshall University Herbarium
Ph.D. Wake Forest University
M.S. Appalachian State University
B.A. University of North Carolina at Asheville
Megan Haffner. Spring 2016 - present.
Megan is an undergraduate and Yeager Scholar who came into the lab during Spring 2016, after completing my intro survey course. She worked on a rhododendron phylogeny project for a semester before taking on her own project. She is currently developing molecular markers to elucidate species boundaries between two very similar azaleas, the Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum) and Cumberland Azalea (Rhododendron cumberlandense).
Annabella Pauley. Spring 2016 - present.
Annie also joined the lab in Spring 2016 after completing the freshman survey course. She worked on a rhododendron phylogeny project and has now taken on her own project. She is developing molecular markers for use in a documented hybrid complex involving the Intermediate Wood Fern, Dryopteris intermedia, and close relatives such as Dryopteris campyloptera.
Andrew P. Hart. Fall 2012-Spring 2016.
Andrew was a Marshall undergrad and Yeager Scholar who began working in the lab during his first semester of college (Fall 2012). He managed his own project studying the evolutionary relationships among the Labrador teas (Rhododendron Subsection Ledum). Andrew has now published that paper in the Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
In Fall 2016, Andrew started a Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is studying the relationships among sensory receptors, innate immunity and pathogens.
Krystal T. ("KT") Payne. Fall 2013-Fall 2015
KT was an M.A. student who took a variety of courses at Marshall, ranging from plant taxonomy to museum studies. She's now a lab technician in northern Virginia.
Zachary Shamblin. Fall 2015-Spring 2017.
Zach was in my intro course a few semesters ago, and decided that he liked the idea of herbarium informatics. Zack is interested in plant evolution, and carried out several independent studies based around the use of herbarium data. Most recently he navigated the process of developing a Notes from Nature 'expedition'. He has now graduated and is exploring his next education/career options.
Herbarium 'Triple Threat'
SERNEC TCN Herbarium Assistants
Ashley, Kristen and Katrina all came into the herbarium as freshman Federal Work Study students and quickly mastered basic herbarium and record keeping. When our NSF grant got up and running in late Fall 2014, they focused their effort on troubleshooting protocols, learning a good amount of plant taxonomy, and fundamentals of photography. These three have now all moved on to nursing or pharmacy school, but they got us up and running properly.
Seniors Shad Mitchell and Michael Peterson joined the herbarium in September 2015 as student employees on our current NSF grant to digitize the collection.
Shad was in my intro course a few semesters ago and now volunteers for the same course as a learning assistant, and Michael came to us by way of MU's Museum Studies course run by Dr. Suzanne Strait. They've both quickly gotten up to speed and moved our digitization process forward significantly. Shad's now moved on to a graduate program at Rowan University and Michael is looking at enrolling in nursing school.