Developmental & Structural Section Student Travel Awards


Award Recipients:


Sanam Parajuli, South Dakota State University, Advisor: Dr. Madhav Nepal, For the Presentation: Predicted Genetics of Floral Patterning in Amborella trichopoda Baill Revealed by Genome-wide Survey and Expression Analysis of MADS-Box Transcription Factors. Co-authors: Madhav Nepal, Bibek Adhikari

Pei-Jun Xie, National Tsing Hua University, Advisor: Li-Yaung Kuo, For the Presentation: Comparative anatomical study in Tectaria species with different leaf dimorphism levels in a world of diverse reproductive strategies. Co-authors: You-Wun Hwang, Li-Yaung Kuo



Yesenia Madrigal B., Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia), Advisor: Natalia Pabón-Mora, For the Presentation: Assessment of the flowering genetic regulatory network in tropical orchids with different lifeforms.

Deannah Neupert, Miami University, Advisor: Richard Moore, For the Presentation: The alteration to vegetative growth and gene expression supports the use of a novel aerial bulbil in Mimulus gemmiparus for reproduction.



Cesar Galan, SIPS Plant Biology, Advisor: Alejandra Gandolfo, For the Presentation: Epidermal morphology of the subfamily Athrotaxoideae (Cupressaceae). Co-authors: Ana Andruchow Colombo, Maria Gandolfo

Vandana Gurung, University of Connecticut, Advisor: Pamela Diggle, For the Presentation: The curious case of CUC in corolla tube formation in Mimulus. Co-authors: Pamela Diggle, Yaowu Yuan

Sarita Munoz-Gomez, University of Connecticut, Advisor: Yaowu Yuan, For the Presentation: Creation of novel pigmentation patterns in monkeyflowers (Mimulus). Co-author: Yaowu Yuan

Deannah Neupert, Miami University, Advisor: Richard Moore, For the Presentation: The evolution of structural novelty: A morphological analysis of development in Mimulus and its implications for plant architecture and reproduction. Co-authors: Robert (Rob) Baker, Rich Moore, Jonathan Bauer 



Due to the virtual nature of the 2021 botany conference, the section provided registration awards to every student presenting in Developmental and Structural related presentation sections.



No Awards Given in 2020



Ana Andruchow Colombo, Museo Paleontológico Egidio Ferugio, Advisor: Ignacio Escapa, For the Presentation: Anatomical studies of two Chilean Podocarpaceae species: insights to the seed cone and leaf morphological evolution of the family Co-authors: Lone Aagesen, Raul Pozner

Molly Edwards, Harvard University, Advisor: Elena Kramer, For the Presentation: Exploring the developmental and genetic basis of complex petal morphologies in bee- and hummingbird-pollinated Aquilegia (columbine) Co-authors: Evangeline S. Ballerini, Gary Choi, L. Mahadevan, Scott Hodges, Elena Kramer

Asia Hightower, Wayne State University, Advisor: Edward Golenberg, For the Presentation: Sculpting an imperfect flower: The study of KNUCKLES in primordia regulation Co-author: Edward Golenberg


Amanda Katzer, University of Kansas, Advisor: Dr. Emily Sessa, For the Presentation: How understanding the evolution of physiological traits and environmental niche can help save the world’s most threatened plant group
Dustin Ray, University of Connecticut, Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Jones, For the Presentation: Mechanical and physiological traits do not trade off in petioles Co-author: Cynthia Jones
Cecilia Zumajo, New York Botanical Garden, Advisor: Dr. Barbara Ambrose, For the Presentation: Expression and functional studies of basal eudicot REPLUMLESS homologs during flower and fruit development Co-authors: Natalia Pabon Mora, Barbara Ambrose


Ya Min, Harvard University 
Aniket Sengupta, Kansas University


Muhammad Akbar Abdul Ghaffar, Ohio State University - Advisor, Katrina Cornsih - for the Botany 2016 presentation: "Histological Study of Laticifer and Rubber Particle Ontogeny in Taraxacum kok-saghyz Roots" Co-authors: Tea Meulia and Katrina Cornsih
Bridget Giffei, Creighton University - Advisor, Mackenzie Taylor - for the Botany 2016 presentation: "Post-pollination development in Ruppia maritima (Ruppiaceae, Alismatales)" Co-authors: Christie L. Dang, Kristine M. Altrichter, Ana E. Wilden and Mackenzie Taylor


Riva Bruen, University of California at Berkeley - Advisor, Chelsea Specht - for the Botany 2015 presentation: "The Fearful Symmetry of Flowers: investigating the role of TCP and MYB transcription factors in establishing dorsal/ventral asymmetry in the Zingiberales, an order of tropical gingers" Co-authors: Ana Almeida and Chelsea Specht
Kelsey Galimba, University of Washington - Advisor, Veronica Di Stilio - for the Botany 2015 presentation: "Duplication and Divergence of the Floral Organ Identity Genes" Co-authors:Jesús Martínez-Gomez and Veronica Di Stilio


Italo Antonio Cotta Coutinho, Universidade Federal de Vicosa - Advisor, Renata Maria Strozi Alves Meira - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Diversity of secretory structures in Urena lobata L.: ontogenesis, anatomy and biology of the secretion" Co-authors: Sara Akemi Ponce Otuki, Valéria Ferreira Fernandes, Renata Maria Strozi Alves Meira
Roux Florian, INRA - Advisor, Jana Dlouhá - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Flexible juveniles or why trees produce ‘low quality’ wood?" Co-authors: Jana Dlouhá, Tancrède Almeras, Meriem Fournier
Rebecca Povilus, Harvard University - Advisor, William Friedman - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Pre-fertilization reproductive development and floral biology in the remarkable water lily, Nymphaea thermarum" Co-authors: Juan M Losada, William E Friedman
Beck Powers, University of Vermont - Advisor, Jill Preston - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Evolution of asterid HANABA TARANU-like genes and their role in petal fusion" Co-author: Jill Preston


Abigail Mazie, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Advisor, Dr. David Baum - Botany 2013 presentation: "Understanding cell shape diversity: the evolution of stellate trichomes in Physaria (Brassicaceae)" Co-author: David Baum
Adrian Dauphinee, Dalhousie University - Advisor, Dr. Arunika Gunawardena - Botany 2013 presentation: "Comparison of the early developmental morphologies of Aponogeton madagascariensis and Aponogeton boivinianus" Co-authors: Christian Lacroix and Arunika Gunawardena
Lachezar Nikolov, Harvard University - Advisor, Dr. Charles Davis - Botany 2013 presentation: "Developmental origins of the world’s largest flowers" Co-authors: Peter Endress, M Sugumaran, Sawitree Sasirat, Suyanee Vessabutr, Elena Kramer and Charles Davis
Li-Fen Hung, National Taiwan University - Advisor, Dr. Ling-Long Kuo-Huang - Botany 2013 presentation: "The growth strain and anatomical characteristics of tension wood in artificially inclined seedlings of Koelreuteria henryi Dummer" Co-author: Ling-Long Kuo-Huang
Bhawana Bhawana, Middle Tennessee State University - Advisor, Dr. Aubrey B. Cahoon - Botany 2013 presentation: "Visualization of 3-Dimensional Plant Cell Architecture with FIB-SEM" Co-authors: Joyce Miller and Aubrey Cahoon


Jacob Landis, University of Florida - Advisor, Dr. Pamela Soltis - Botany 2012 presentation: "All in the family: Pollination syndromes and floral traits in the flowering plant family Polemoniaceae." Co-authors: Pamela Soltis and Douglas Soltis
Christina Lord, Dalhousie University - Advisor, Dr. Arunika Gunawardena - Botany 2012 presentation: "Actin microfilaments: key regulators of programmed cell death (PCD) in the lace plant." Co-authors: Adrian Dauphinee and Arunika Gunawardena
Nicholas Miles, University of Florida - Advisor, Dr. Pamela Soltis - Botany 2012 presentation: "Virus-Induced Gene Silencing in Carnivorous Pitcher Plants." Co-authors: Pamela Soltis and Douglas Soltis
Nelson Salinas, New York Botanical Garden - Advisor, Dr. Paola Pedraza-Peñalosa - Botany 2012 presentation: "Uncovering venation patterns in neotropicalblueberries (Vaccinieae: Ericaceae) and their value for systematics." Co-author: Paola Pedraza-Peñalosa
Xiaofeng Yin, Miami University, Berkeley - Advisor, Dr. Roger Meicenheimer - Botany 2012 presentation: "A Quantitative Analysis of Discontinuous Phyllotactic Transition in Diphasiastrum digitatum." Co-author: Roger Meicenheimer


Kelly Matsunaga, Humboldt State University - Advisor, Dr. Alexandru Tomescu - Botany 2011 presentation: "Nectary Structure of Scoliopus bigelovii (Liliaceae)." Co-authors: Michael R. Mesler and Alexandru Tomescu
Robert Baker, University of Colorado, Boulder - Advisor, Dr. Pamela Diggle - Botany 2011 presentation: "Making branches in Mimulus: intraspecific developmental variation inshoot architecture." Co-author: Pamela Diggle
Geraldine Boyden, St. John's University - Advisor, Dr. Dianella Howarth - Botany 2011 presentation: "CYCLOIDEA-like genes are implicated in development and floral patterning in Fedia cornucopiae (Valerianaceae)." Co-authors: Diane Hardej, Amy Litt and Dianella Howarth
Michael Malahy, Oklahoma State University - Advisor, Dr. Andrew Doust - Botany 2011 presentation: "Pattern of vegetative architectural development in green millet (Setaria viridis) under varied planting densities." Co-author: Andrew Doust
Ana Maria Almeida, University of California, Berkeley - Advisor, Dr. Chelsea Specht - Botany 2011 presentation: "Gingers BCs: The role of MADS-box genes in floral evolution in the Zingiberales." Co-authors: Wagner Otoni, Roxana Yocktenga and Chelsea Specht
Irma Ortiz, University of California, Los Angeles - Advisor, Dr. Ann M. Hirsch - Botany 2011 presentation: "A Bacillus strain isolated by undergraduate students at UCLA promotes plant growth by procuring soil nutrients and may also serve as a biological control agent." Co-authors: Allison Schwartz, Erin R. Sanders, Andrew C. Diener and Ann M. Hirsch
Allison Schwartz, University of California, Los Angeles - Advisor, Dr. Ann M. Hirsch - Botany 2011 presentation: "A newly isolated Bacillus strain affects legume plant architecture and pea nodule morphology by secreting auxin." Co-authors: Irma Ortiz, Erin R. Sanders, Darleen Demason and Ann M. Hirsch


Jessica Budke, University of Connecticut - Botany 2010 presentation: "Beneath the Calyptra’s Veil: Exploring Cuticle Anatomy during Moss Sporophyte Development." Co-authors: Bernard Goffinet and Cynthia S. Jones
Natalia Pabon Mora, Graduate Center CUNY/ New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY - Botany 2010 presentation: "The role of APETALA1/FRUITFULL genes in non-core eudicots." Co-author: Amy Litt
RoseMary Puhr, California State University - Long Beach - Botany 2010 presentation: "Evolution of the YUCCA-like flavin monooxygenase SPARSE INFLORESCENCE1 lineage within flowering plants." Co-author: Simon Malcomber
Dustin Ray, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - Botany 2010 presentation: "Seasonal Changes in Non-Structural Carbohydrates in Stems and Lignotubers of Burned and Unburned Southern California Black Walnut (Juglans californica)." Co-authors: Edward Bobich and Frank W. Ewers
Hans Waldenmaier, Miami University - Botany 2010 presentation: "Gene Expression Patterns of Programmed Cell Death During Vascular Aerenchyma Formation in Seedling Roots of Glycine max cv.'Yukihomare'." Co-author: Daniel, K. Gladish
Chi-Chih Wu, University of Colorado Boulder - Botany 2010 presentation: "Development of the female gametophyte and young fruit of Balsas teosinte, Zea mays subsp. parviglumis." Co-authors: Pamela K. Diggle and William E. Friedman

Tatiana Arias, University of Tennessee
Natalia Pabon Mora, CUNY/New York Botanical Garden
Maria Aurineide Rodrigues, Universidade de Sao Paulo
Yannick Staedler, University of Zurich
Renate Wuersig, Purdue University

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