Manager, Plant Biology and Seed Labs
Plant Science and Conservation, Ecological Genetics
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone (Office): 847-835-6959
Phone (Lab): 847-835-8346
Ecological Genetics is the study of how evolutionary forces (adaptation, migration, etc) shape the patterns of biodiversity observed in nature. My research focuses on restoring and managing plant populations to allow these natural processes to continue, even in presence of anthropogenic disturbances. Using a combination of molecular and quantitative techniques we try to better understand the level and distribution of genetic diversity within a species; in particular the role adaptation to local conditions as well as pollen and seed dispersal have played in creating these patterns. Currently my species of interest include Eriogonum spp. (America Buckwheat), Penstemon spp. (Beardtongues) and Cirsium spp. (Thistles).
Publications & Presentations
Fant, J.B., Susanne Masi, Keller, J.M. and Mann R. (2007) Investigating the reproductive health of Hill's thistle's (Cirsium hillii) populations in the Chicago Region. Chicago Wilderness Journal (in press)
Kramer, A.T. and J.B. Fant. (2007) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in Penstemon rostriflorus (Plantaginaceae) and cross species amplification. Molecular Ecology Notes (in press).
Fant, J.B., E. Kamau, and C.D. Preston (2005) Chloroplast evidence for the hybrid origin of Potamogeton x fluitans. Aquatic Botany (in Press)
Fant J.B. and C.D. Preston (2004) Genetic structure and morphological variation of British populations of the hybrid Potamogeton x salicifolius Wolfg. Botanical Journal of the Lin. Society 144 (1): 99-112
Fant, J.B., E. Kamau and C.D. Preston (2003) Chloroplast evidence for the hybrid origin of Potamogeton x sudermanicus Hagstr. Aquatic Botany 75 (4): 351-356
Fant, J.B., C.D. Preston and J.A. Barrett (2001) Isozyme evidence of the hybrid origin of Potamogeton x sudermanicus as resulting from the cross between P.berchtoldii and P.acutifolius. Aquatic Botany 71(3): 199-208
Fant, J.B., C.D. Preston and J.A. Barrett (2001) Allozyme evidence of the parental origin and possible fertility of the hybrid Potamogeton x fluitans. Plant Systematics and Evolution 229 (1-2): 45-57
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