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Jannice Friedman                      

Assistant Professor                         Office: LSC 256   Ph: 315.443.1564

Email:                Lab:    LSC 279   Ph: 315.443.8193


Jannice received her B.Sc. in Evolution from the University of Toronto, Canada. She completed a M.Sc. in 2003 at the University of Calgary, Canada. She received her Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Toronto. She then moved to Duke University as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2012, she became an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University. She is broadly interested in the evolutionary ecology and evolutionary genetics of plant reproductive strategies. CV

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Kelly Schmid

Graduate Student                           Lab: LSC 279    Ph: 315.443.8193


I am broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of plants. During my undergraduate research, I studied the production of secondary chemicals in response to herbivory in Brassica species. In the Friedman lab, I plan to focus on ecological trade-offs, phenotypic plasticity, and plant mating. I look forward to formulating hypotheses and performing experiments related to these topics. 

Genevieve Pilch

Undergraduate student                      Lab: LSC 279   Ph: 315.443.8193




Aaron Caola

Undergraduate student                        

Katie Hart

Undergraduate student

Adam Isbiroglu

Undergraduate student                        

Matthew Rubin

Post-Doctoral Fellow                        Lab: LSC 279    Ph: 315.443.8193



I am interested in genetic mechanisms of adaptation to heterogeneous environments, including plasticity in trait expression across environments.  Environmental heterogeneity may be encountered over multiple spatial and temporal scales; any developmental mechanisms that enable detection and response to the environment, or anticipation, could be advantageous. My past research focused on the genetic basis and adaptive value of the circadian clock in the model plant species Arabidopsis thaliana grown under field conditions. In the Friedman Lab, I plan to continue my research on how plants respond and adapt to heterogeneous environments and which traits are integral to their success within a single environment or across many environments. Of particularly interest are the underlying genetic mechanisms and environmental cues that result in different life history strategies (annual vs. perennial) and timing of life history traits in Mimulus.

Alex Twyford                      

Former Post-Doc

Currently a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Inst. of Evolutionary Biology

Anna Bjarvin

Undergraduate student                    Lab: LSC 279   Ph: 315.443.8193



Marcus Rivera

Undergraduate student

Jeff Darkwa

Undergraduate student

Reno Eckebrecht
Graduate Student                             Lab: LSC 279    Ph: 315.443.8193

Meghan den Bakker                  

Former lab technician

Karine Posbic Leydet

Post-Doctoral Fellow                        Lab: LSC 279    Ph: 315.443.8193

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My research interests broadly lie in elucidating the processes that help shape and maintain species' diversity, abundance, and distributions. Some of my past research examined salamander migration and coral invasion. In the Friedman lab, I will be investigating mechanisms of sexual selection in plants using a semi in vivo assay. By varying the genetic identity and number of male pollen grains and female ovules, I will be able to investigate the interactions between pollen tubes, pollen tubes and styles, as well as pollen tube and ovules, and assess whether female ovules "favor" particular pollen grains (i.e., exhibit mate preference). I am currently working with Plantago lanceolata and Arabidopsis