Graduate Research at VCU, Integrative Life Sciences Ph.D. program

"The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

           After teaching high school Biology and AP Environmental Science for nine years, I returned to graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue a greater understanding of my favorite topics; genetics, ecology, and evolution.  For my Master's Thesis, under the advisement of Dr. Andrew Eckert, I produced full-range, as well as reduced (i.e. genetically-informed) ecological niche models for loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), pitch pine (P. rigida), and table mountain pine (P. pungens) trees of the eastern United States to measure niche divergence or conservatism among and within these sister species . 

        Thrilled to report that the results of my thesis have inspired future research! Starting this fall 2017, I will investigate ecological speciation between Pinus rigida and Pinus pungens while enrolled in VCU's Integrative Life Sciences Ph.D. program. Growing up in the well-forested regions of Virginia, I have a special appreciation for trees, both aesthetically and ecologically. My goal is to conduct sound scientific research which reflects well upon the work done in the Eckert Lab but which also reflects my character; dedicated, inquisitive, and detail-oriented. 

Here's a 2 minute video recapping my pitch pine field sampling adventures... Fall of 2017, Maine to Georgia!


@ Connie_Bolte

Publications under review:

Lind B. M., Menon M., Bolte C. E., Faske T. M., Eckert A. J., 2017 The genomics of local adaptation in trees: Are we out of the woods yet? bioRxiv.

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