Research topics

  • Competition for pollination


  • Comparative pollination of Silene


  • Cytoplasmic male sterilty


  • Reproductive assurance



  • research students Spring 2013

    Research team, 2012-203: (from left to right): Britt Twitty, Kathryn Blair White, Donathan Dendy, Caleb Phillips, and Ben Montgomery.

    Research summary

    My research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of plant reproduction and plant pollinator interactions.  I currently focus on the partitioning of pollinators among different species of Silene, a genus of wildflowers with a wide array of floral traits and multiple pollination syndromes.  Additionally, I am interested in delayed self pollination as a mechanism that allows for cross pollination while also providing reproductive assurance.  Longer term research interests include competition for pollination between different species and mechanisms for the maintenance of cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) as well as repercussions of CMS for the maintenance of genetic diversity.


    Teaching summary

    Courses taught include the following:

    Biol 101/L: (Biological Science I & Lab)

    Bio 102L: (Biological Science II Lab)

    Biol 525/L: Plant Taxonomy (Lecture & Lab)

    Biol 320/L: General Botany (Lecture & Lab)

    Biol 599: Senior Seminar


    Service activities

    I have been working with the Spartanburg Trees Coalition to work toward the eradication of kudzu in a natural area on the USC Upstate Campus. Information about the kudzu control work of the Trees Coaltion is linked here

    I am the de facto curator of the Upstate Herbarium (for historical reasons formally listed as the University of South Carolina Spartanburg Herbarium: USCS). Check out the hundreds of high quality images in the database, linked here

    I serve on or have recently served on various departmental and university committees and the Faculty Senate.