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Research in the Eckhart Lab

My students and I try to determine: (1) how natural selection shapes plant reproduction, life history, and physiology; and (2) why species distributions occur where they do.  We apply a diverse and integrative approach that includes studies of resource-allocation, genetics, natural selection in the wild, geographic distribution and geographic variation, pollination biology, experimental population biology, and physiological ecology. So far, we haven't tried baking cupcakes.

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 C. fasiculata in a
                      sand prairie


Clarkia xantiana -- breeding systems, life history, color polymorphism, geographic range in the Sierra Nevada

  Chamaecrista fasiculata -- Iowa native species ecology, evolution, and conservation; "Fundamental Theorem on the Prairie"

 Phacelia linearis -- plant sexual systems (seems like a former life, now)