Graduate School of Design uses Arboretum’s living lab in hands-on fieldwork
A Graduate School of Design course taught by William “Ned” Friedman and Rosetta Elkin helps design students focus on “plant blindness”. Read more here.
Amelia Keyser-Gibson joins the Friedman Lab
Amelia Keyser-Gibson joins the Friedman Lab as a research assistant after completing a B.S. in Biology with Environmental Studies and Spanish minors at Haverford College. Welcome Amelia!
Anny Garcés Palacio joins the Friedman Lab
Anny is from Colombia, currently earning her undergraduate degree in Biology at Antioquia University. As a participant in the 2018 DaRin Butz Internship Program, Anny will be studying double fertilization in confers in the Friedman Lab. Welcome Anny!
In plant tug-of-war, mom wins
Dr. Rebecca Povilus’ work on interparental conflict in early-evolving angiosperms was recently featured in the Harvard Gazette. Congrats Becky! Read the article here.
Laura Clerx joins the Friedman Lab
After earning her undergraduate degree in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and English Literature from Harvard University, Laura worked as the lab manager of the Templer Forest Ecology and Biogeochemistry Lab at Boston University. As a member of the Friedman Lab, Laura plans to study the champions of early evolutionary thought and how their legacies have influenced the modern relationship between science and religion.
Friedman Lab and Arboretum’s plant anatomy summer short course featured in Nature news article
Jacob Suissa joins the Friedman Lab
After earning his undergraduate degree in plant biology from the University of Vermont, Jacob spent time studying the phylogenetics of lycophytes at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. As a PhD student in the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, he plans to delve into research focusing on morphological development and diversification in a phylogenetic context.
Tracing the Evolution of Form and Function
The Arboretum’s 2017 plant anatomy summer short course kicks off at the Weld Hill research facility.
Dr. Rebecca Povilus passed her PhD defense on reproduction and seed development in water lilies.
Congratulations Dr. Povilus!
Reconstructing the ancestral flower
The early evolution of flowers remains something of a mystery. As part of her Master’s research, Kristel Schoonderwoerd, PhD Candidate in the Friedman Lab, joined a large international team to reconstruct the ancestral flower based on DNA and floral characteristics of known flowers. The results are published in Nature Communications.
Jack Smith joins the Friedman Lab as a DaRin Butz Research Intern for the summer of 2017
Jack will study bud development in Picrasma quassioides during his time at Weld Hill. Welcome Jack!
Kristel Schoonderwoerd and William (Ned) Friedman were awarded the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship for their project to examine leaf initiation and function with a micro-CT scanner
Kristel Schoonderwoerd passed her preliminary exams, becoming an official PhD candidate in the Friedman Lab
Austrobaileya scandens, an ancient liana found only in the tropics of Australia, is flowering in the Friedman Lab!
This species has weathered millions of years of changing environmental conditions, and despite its early origins, is the sole remaining species of its family, Austrobaileyaceae. A recent expedition and accompanying study by Ned Friedman, Juan Losada and Julien Bachelier examined prolonged embryo development in this extraordinary species.
Austrobaileya scandens Flowering Time Lapse 2 from Friedman Lab on Vimeo.
Plant Anatomy 2015 featured in the newsletter of the International Association of Wood Anatomists Journal
“Plant Anatomy 2015: Development, function and evolution”, the summer course sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum and microMORPH, was featured in the newsletter of the International Association of Wood Anatomists Journal. (pdf)
Rebecca Povilus elected as student representative to the executive board of the Botanical Society of America
Rebecca Povilus awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (NSF DDIG)
Well done, Becky!
New work by Rebecca Povilus, Juan Losada, and Ned Friedman published in Annuals of Botany
Published in Annuals of Botany, new work by Rebecca Povilus, Juan Losada, and Ned Friedman delves into the floral and seed biology of the water lily, Nymphaea thermarum, an ancient linage of flowering plants. (abstract)
Juan Losada, Ned Friedman, and colleagues examine the processes of floral receptivity in Magnolia virginiana
They found that there was a precise window of time, marked by specific secretory proteins, in which the stigma (female) was receptive to the pollen (male). This work was published in American Journal of Botany. (abstract)
Rebecca Povilus awarded the Katherine Esau Award
Rebecca Povilus was awarded the Katherine Esau Award for best student presentation from the Developmental and Structural Section at the Botanical Society of America’s Botany 2014 conference. Congratulations Becky!