Plant Virus Biodiversity and Ecology

(Funded NSF-EPSCoR Program in Oklahoma)


External Advisory Board

Terry L. Yates, University of New Mexico

Dr. Yates is a Professor, Vice Provost for Research, and Curator of the Division of genomic Resources at the University of New Mexico's Museum of Southwestern Biology. His research interests include systematics, vertebrate speciation and evolution, evolutionary genetics, and morphometrics. Dr. Yates received his Ph.D. degree in Zoology from Texas Tech University. He was a participant at the recent NEON workshop on the Ecology and evolution of infectious disease.

Karen Garrett, Kansas State University

Dr. Garrett studies plant pathogens and other stressors in both natural and agricultural systems. She is particularly interested in host freqeuncy dependent effects on plant pathogens and how host diversity affects epidemics. Another major interest in the pathway of introduction of exotic pathogen species. She studies the effects of environmental variation on plant pathogens at Konza Prairie Biological Station, an NSF Long Term Ecological Research site. Her lab and collaborators are also working to incorporate genomic approaches in long term ecological studies, including gene expression and populaitons genetic studies of the tallgrass prairie dominant grass big bluestem. Dr. Garrett received her Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University. She was a participant in the recent NEON workshop on The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases.

Allison G. Power, Cornell University

Dr. Power is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the Department of Science and technology Studies. She is also currently serving as Dean of the Graduate School. Her research focuses on biodiveristy conservation in managed ecosystems, interactions between agricultural and natural ecosystems, agroecology, the ecology and evolution of plant pathogens, invasive species, and tropical ecology. She is currently leading a working group on the roles of natural enemies and mutualists in plant invations in the National Center for Ecological Ananlysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). Dr. Power received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She was a participant in the recent NEON workshop on The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases.

Mark Young, Montana State University

Dr. Young is a Professor in the deparment of Plant Science and Plant Pathology. Dr. Young utilizes viruses to understand viral diseases and as model systems to explore cell biology. By combining biochemical and genetic approaches, with the tools of molecular and structural biology, he examines the interplay of viral and host gene products. Three principle areas of research are under investigation: (1) the study of spherical virus assembly and disassembly processes; (2) the use of viral protein cages as constrained reaction vessels for nano-materials synthesis; (3) and the isolation and genetic characterization of viruses from extreme thermal environments found in Yellowstone National Park. Dr. Young received his Ph.D. form the University of California at Davis.