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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

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

  Nancy Sheridan  started the Ph.D. program in Fall 2014. She is interested in the population genetic structure of the giant Caribbean sea anemone ( Condylactis gigantea ) in Florida and across the Caribbean. She is also the southwest regional biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Division of Marine Fisheries

Nancy Sheridan started the Ph.D. program in Fall 2014. She is interested in the population genetic structure of the giant Caribbean sea anemone (Condylactis gigantea) in Florida and across the Caribbean. She is also the southwest regional biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Division of Marine Fisheries

Alumni

 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 her Master's in collaboration with the Lewis lab in Spring 2018. 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 her Master's in collaboration with the Lewis lab in Spring 2018. She is interested in ecosystem genomics, particularly in mangrove systems.

 Marta Robertson finished her PhD in summer 2017. Her thesis " Epigenetic Response to Challenging Environmental Conditions " focused on several species of coastal plants, partly in collaboration with Prof Adrienne Nicotra at ANU. She is now a postdoc with Etienne Bucher at the Institut de Recherche en Horticulture et Semences in France.

Marta Robertson finished her PhD in summer 2017. Her thesis "Epigenetic Response to Challenging Environmental Conditions" focused on several species of coastal plants, partly in collaboration with Prof Adrienne Nicotra at ANU. She is now a postdoc with Etienne Bucher at the Institut de Recherche en Horticulture et Semences in France.

 Mariano Alvarez finished his PhD in summer 2016. His thesis " Molecular Response of  Spartina alterniflora  to the  Deepwater Horizon  Oil Spill " included transcriptomics and experiments with mutants of the model plant  Brachypodium distachyon , partly in collaboration with Prof Malika Ainouche of Université de Rennes1 in France. He is now a postdoc with Kathleen Donohue at Duke University.

Mariano Alvarez finished his PhD in summer 2016. His thesis "Molecular Response of Spartina alterniflora to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill" included transcriptomics and experiments with mutants of the model plant Brachypodium distachyon, partly in collaboration with Prof Malika Ainouche of Université de Rennes1 in France. He is now a postdoc with Kathleen Donohue at Duke University.

 Christy Foust finished  her PhD in Fall 2015. Her thesis  " Population Genetics and Epigenetics of Two Salt Marsh Plant Species along an Environmental Gradient " included collaboration with Prof Koen Verhoeven at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology. She is now teaching AP Biology at Middleton High School in Tampa.

Christy Foust finished her PhD in Fall 2015. Her thesis "Population Genetics and Epigenetics of Two Salt Marsh Plant Species along an Environmental Gradient" included collaboration with Prof Koen Verhoeven at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology. 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.