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Christina Richards received her BA in Biology at Swarthmore College in 1995 and PhD in Botany from the University of Georgia in 2004. She worked with Massimo Pigliucci at Stony Brook University (2004-2006) and then with Michael Purugganan at New York University (2007-2009) as a post-doctoral fellow. Christina’s primary research interests are understanding mechanisms of plant response to novel, stressful or changing environments.

Graduate students

Mariano Alvarez graduated from USF Summer 2011 and started the PhD program Fall 2011. He is interested in heritable changes in gene expression in response to stress, and will be working on transcriptomics in Spartina alterniflora.

Mariano Alvarez graduated from USF Summer 2011 and started the PhD program Fall 2011. He is interested in heritable changes in gene expression in response to stress, and will be working on transcriptomics in Spartina alterniflora.

Marta Robertson joined the lab in 2012 after finishing her bachelor's at Oberlin College. She is interested in ecological epigenetics and epigenetic inheritance in Spartina alterniflora.

Marta Robertson joined the lab in 2012 after finishing her bachelor's at Oberlin College. She is interested in ecological epigenetics and epigenetic inheritance in Spartina alterniflora.

Sandra Voors joined the Richards lab as an undergraduate Honors researcher in 2012, she finished her Honors thesis in Spring 2015, an I-REU to Brazil in summer 2015, and started her Master's with the Richards and Lewis labs in Fall 2015 after graduating from USF. She is interested in ecosystem genomics, particularly in mangrove systems.

Sandra Voors joined the Richards lab as an undergraduate Honors researcher in 2012, she finished her Honors thesis in Spring 2015, an I-REU to Brazil in summer 2015, and started her Master's with the Richards and Lewis labs in Fall 2015 after graduating from USF. She is interested in ecosystem genomics, particularly in mangrove systems.

Jeannie Mounger joined the Richards lab as an undergraduate researcher in Spring 2015, participated in an I-REU to Brazil in summer 2015, and will start her PhD with the Richards lab in Fall 2016 after graduating from USF. She is interested in ecological genomics of non-model plant species.

Jeannie Mounger joined the Richards lab as an undergraduate researcher in Spring 2015, participated in an I-REU to Brazil in summer 2015, and will start her PhD with the Richards lab in Fall 2016 after graduating from USF. She is interested in ecological genomics of non-model plant species.

Alumni

Christy Foust finished her PhD in population epigenomics in Fall 2015 documenting natural levels of genetic and epigenetic variation in Borrichia frutescens and Spartina alterniflora. She is now teaching AP Biology at Middleton High School in Tampa.

Christy Foust finished her PhD in population epigenomics in Fall 2015 documenting natural levels of genetic and epigenetic variation in Borrichia frutescens and Spartina alterniflora. She is now teaching AP Biology at Middleton High School in Tampa.

Assistant professor Aaron Schrey Armstrong Atlantic State University Savannah, GA Schrey was a post-doc in the Richards lab from 2010- 2012. He continues to work on genomics and epigenetics of adaptation and invasive species in several diverse systems.    

Assistant professor Aaron Schrey

Armstrong Atlantic State University Savannah, GA

Schrey was a post-doc in the Richards lab from 2010- 2012. He continues to work on genomics and epigenetics of adaptation and invasive species in several diverse systems.