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EDUCATION

2008   Ph.D. Botany, Molecular Phylogenetics and Ancestral Range Reconstruction

Dissertation: Phylogeny, ancestral range reconstruction and partial taxonomic revision of Pacific Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae).

School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University. Advisor: Dr. Eric H. Roalson


2000   M.S. Biology, Development and Systematics

Thesis: Sporophyte development in the ephemeral moss Eccremidium floridanum Crum (Ditrichaceae, Musci).

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati. Advisor: Dr. Jerry A. Snider


1996   B.S. Biology

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

9/2008 - present    Director, Gesneriad Research Center (GRC) 

                            Head, Molecular Programs; Assistant Editor, Selbyana


 Center for Tropical Plant Science and Conservation, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida

Botanical research systematist; responsible for the coordination and development of the newly formed GRC; responsible for basic research in Gesneriaceae, grant writing and funding/development work, education and outreach. Also responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of molecular-based research programs at the Gardens. Assistant editor for the Garden’s peer-reviewed journal.

 

           

7/2003 – present            Scientific Illustrator

Specializing in traditional ink illustrations and computer generated illustrations for scientific publication and presentation.  Recent projects include plant habit and morphology, cellular-level images, and stylized phylogenies for various projects.

 

7/2007 – 8/2008  Research Assistant

            School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

           

National Science Foundation funded research assistantship; responsible for the development and implementation of EST genomic libraries for subsequent development of nuclear markers to resolve population –level and species-level relationships in the Cyperaceae and Gesneriaceae.

            Immediate supervisor: Dr. Eric H. Roalson

 

7/2005 – 7/2007  Teaching Assistant

            School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

           

University teaching assistantship; lecture and lab instruction in botany and general biology related undergraduate courses including Introductory Biology 106, Introductory Botany 120 and Plant Systematics 332; responsible for detailed instruction on organismal diversity, general botany, plant systematics, plant identification, taxonomy and evolution.

            Immediate supervisor(s): Dr. Andrew McCubbin (BIOL 106; BIOL 120); Dr. Eric H. Roalson (BIOL 332)

 

7/2003 – 7/2005  Assistant Curator

            Marion Ownbey Herbarium [WS], Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

 

            Two year appointed research assistantship; responsible for all collections management duties including loans, exchanges, specimen preparation, and database management; supervisor to herbarium assistants and student work-study employees.

Immediate supervisor: Dr. Larry Hufford, Director

           

 

1/2003-6/2003    Research Consultant (Collections Management, Gesneriads)

            Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Herbarium [SEL], Sarasota, Florida

           

Independent contractor to Gardens; responsible for the curation and database management of the former Gesneriad Research Foundation's Herbarium [GES]; coordinated the incorporation of GES into SEL; supervisor to herbarium assistants and volunteers; position funded, in part, by the American Gloxinia and Gesneriad Society.

Immediate supervisor: Bruce K. Holst, Director of Plant Collections

 

9/1996 – 9/2001  Research Assistant, Plant Conservation

            Center for Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW), Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, Ohio

           

Full-time research assistantship; responsible for the development and execution of protocols for in vitro propagation and cryopreservation of endangered plants; supervisor to lab assistants, co-op students and volunteers; research funded, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in collaboration with the Center for Plant Conservation, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO, USA.

Immediate supervisor: Dr. Valerie C. Pence, Director of Plant Conservation

 

6/1994 - 8/1996  Scientific Illustrator, Research Assistant

            Herbarium [CINC], University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

           

Scientific illustration of specimens for publication; work in plant taxonomy, histology, and development.

Immediate supervisor: Dr. Jerry A. Snider, Director

 

GRANTS & AWARDS         

4/2007   Travel Grant ($4000), Nelly Sleeth Fund, The Gesneriad Society, Inc.

 

4/2007   Betty H. Higinbotham Trust Award in Botany ($2500), Washington State University

 

4/2006   2nd place in graduate student oral presentation competition ($50 cash award); 2nd Annual Behavior, Ecology and Evolution Research Symposium, Initiative in Organismal Interactions, WSU-UI, Pullman, WA, USA.

 

1/2006   Betty H. Higinbotham Trust Award in Botany ($4000), Washington State University

 

6/2005   Research Grant ($800)(J.R. Clark, PI, E.H. Roalson, Co-PI), American Society of Plant Taxonomists

 

3/2005   Betty H. Higinbotham Trust Award in Botany ($2500), Washington State University

 

1/2005   Research Grant ($2500; J.R. Clark, PI, E.H. Roalson, Co-PI), Elvin McDonald Research Endowment Fund, American Gloxinia and Gesneriad Society, Inc.

 

2006, 2005, 2004, 2003   University Graduate Scholarship; Washington State University

 

3/2004   Betty H. Higinbotham Trust Award in Botany ($3520), Washington State University

 

2004, 2003         Graduate Fellowship Award, Hannah Aase Fellowship in Botany ($1000), Washington State University

 

1/2003   Research Grant ($2600; J.R. Clark, PI, B.K. Holst, Co-PI), Elvin McDonald Research Endowment Fund, American Gloxinia and Gesneriad Society, Inc.

 

10/2000 Delzie Demaree Award ($400 cash award); 47th Annual Systematics Symposium, Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis, MO, USA.

 

7/1999   A.J. Sharp Award for best graduate student oral presentation ($500 cash award); American Bryological and Lichenological Society

 

2000,1999,1998  University Graduate Scholarship; University of Cincinnati

 

1999, 1998         Graduate Fellowship Award ($1000 each year); Herb Society of Greater Cincinnati

 

1996, 1995, 1994            Undergraduate Fellowship Award ($600 each year); Herb Society of Greater Cincinnati

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES fieldwork

9/2007-10/2007   Co-coordinated and conducted 6 week field research trip to collect Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) specimens for conservation research studies; Hawai’i (on the islands of O’ahu and Kaua’i), USA.

 

3/2006   Coordinated and conducted solo field research trip to collect Cyrtandra (Gesneriacaeae) specimens for dissertation research; reconnaissance trip to establish collaboration and preliminary data acquisition for future work; Viti Levu, Fiji Islands.

 

7/2005   Coordinated and conducted field research trip to collect Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) specimens for dissertation research; Hawai’i (on the island of Maui), USA.

 

12/2004-1/2005   Coordinated and conducted solo field research trip to collect Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) specimens for dissertation research; [Western] Samoa (on the islands of ‘Upolu and Savai’i), Samoa (South Pacific).

 

3/2004   Co-coordinated and conducted field research trip to collect Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) specimens for dissertation research; Hawai’i (on the islands of O’ahu and Kaua’i), USA.

 

5/2003   Co-coordinated and conducted a botanical inventory, with a 7-person team of botanists, of a newly established wildlife refuge, Refugio de Vida Silvestre Boracayán; Along the Pacific Coast, near San Isidro, Costa Rica.

 

9/1999   Coordinated and conducted research trip to collect tissue samples for micropropagation (using in vitro collecting techniques) from an endangered plant species under study at CREW; Huntsville, AL, USA.

 

9/1998   Coordinated and conducted research trip to collect tissue samples for micropropagation (using in vitro collecting techniques) from two rare plant species under study at CREW; Antioch Bay, Antioch, NC, USA.

 

10/1997 Member of a four person team on a ten day field collection and research trip; research focused on in vitro collecting of rainforest plant species; Trinidad, West Indies.

 

9/1996 - 9/2001  Conducted field collection trips to wetland habitats throughout Ohio and Kentucky for the Wetland Research Program at CREW; Cincinnati, OH, USA.

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES general

2007-present     NSF funded university research assistant, WSU; Pullman, WA, USA.

 

2005-2007          University teaching assistant, WSU; Pullman, WA, USA.

 

2003-2005          Delivered educational talks on botany, plant collecting, herbaria and conservation to various groups as part of Assistant Curator duties at WS; Pullman, WA, USA.

 

2002-2003          Delivered educational talks on gesneriad research and conservation to various groups; fund-raising campaign for gesneriad research at Selby Gardens; Sarasota/Tampa Bay vicinity, FL, USA.

 

1997-1999          Aided in establishment and use of herbarium for research voucher specimens at CREW; Cincinnati, OH, USA.

 

1996-2001          Composition and submission of interim reports for the Institute of Museum and Library Services - Granters for the Endangered Species Propagation Program at CREW (V.C. Pence, PI); Cincinnati, OH, USA.

 

1996 - 2001        Conducted tours of CREW, educational workshops, and talks on the Endangered Species Propagation Program for members of various organizations including the College of Mt. St. Joseph, International Association of Zoo Horticulturists, Master Gardener's Society, Orchid Society of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Zoo Horticulture and Cincinnati Zoo Volunteers; Cincinnati, OH, USA.

 

INVITED SPEAKER

Clark, J.R. 2007. Exploring paleotropical gesneriad diversity; special topics seminar presentation; Marie Selby Botanical Gardens; Sarasota, FL, USA.

 

Clark, J.R. 2007. The Cyrtandra Project; Seminar presentation; Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh; Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

 

Clark, J.R. 2006. Cyrtandra. Seminar presentation; Cooley Lecture Series, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens; Sarasota, FL, USA.

 

Clark, J.R. 2006. Cyrtandra: an evolutionary history. Seminar presentation; Gesneriad Society, Inc. 50th Annual Convention; Rochester, NY, USA.

 

Clark, J.R. 2005. Plant Hunting in the South Pacific: Unraveling the evolutionary history of Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae). Seminar presentation; Cooley Lecture Series, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens; Sarasota, FL, USA.

 

Clark, J.R. 2000.  In restoring the balance, think green: the role of zoos in plant conservation. Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Zoo and Aquarium Docents; Cincinnati, OH, USA.

 

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS with published abstracts

Clark, J.R., M.E. Alfaro, W.L. Wagner and E.H. Roalson. 2007. Exploring area-cladogram, event-based and model-based methods for lineage geohistory reconstruction: an island biogeography comparative study. Poster presentation at Botany 2007 (abs. no. 1972). Chicago, IL, USA.

 

Clark, J.R. and E.H. Roalson. 2006. A big genus in a big ocean: phylogeny and historical biogeography observations of Pacific Cyrtandra J.R. & G.Forster (Gesneriaceae). Poster presentation at Botany 2006 (abs. no. 603; annual joint meeting of BSA, ASPT, AFS & ABLS). Chico, CA, USA.

 

Clark, J.R. 2006. Posterior Mapping: a novel method for historical biogeography reconstruction. Oral presentation at the 2nd Annual Behavior, Ecology and Evolution Research Symposium, Initiative in Organismal Interactions, WSU-UI, Pullman, WA, USA.

 

Clark, J.R. and E.H. Roalson. 2005. Unraveling the evolutionary history of Cyrtandra J.R. & G.Forster (Gesneriaceae). Oral presentation at Botany 2005 (abs. no. 341; annual joint meeting of BSA, ASPT, AFS & ABLS). Austin, TX, USA.

 

Clark, J.R. and V.C. Pence. 2001.  Factors affecting micropropagation of Asimina tetramera, an endangered Florida scrub species. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology 37:41A (abs. no. P-2029). Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for In Vitro Biology. St. Louis, MO, USA.

 

Clark, J.R. and V.C. Pence. 2000.  Factors affecting micropropagation of endangered plants.  Poster presentation at the World Botanic Gardens Congress; Asheville, NC, USA.

 

Clark, J.R. and J. Snider. 1999. Observations in development of the cleistocarpous moss, Eccremidium floridanum (Ditrichaceae, Musci). AJ Sharp Award presentations.  Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Bryological and Lichenological Society. Carbondale, IL, USA.

 

Clark, J.R. and V.C. Pence. 1999. In vitro propagation of endangered species. Abstracts - XVI International Botanic Congress (abs. no. 1649): 567. Poster presentation at the XVI International Botanic Congress. St Louis, MO, USA.

 

Clark, J.R. and V.C. Pence. 1999. In vitro propagation of Lobelia boykinii, a rare wetland species. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology 35: 64A. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for In Vitro Biology. New Orleans, LA, USA.

           

Clark, J.R. and V.C. Pence. 1998.  Factors affecting the in vitro propagation of Lobelia boykinii.  Poster presentation at the Annual Plant Molecular and Biotechnology Symposium. Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

 

Pence, V.C, J.R. Clark, H. Zhang, and S. Avasarala. 1997.  A CREW - CPC collaboration for the propagation of endangered plants.  In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology 33:16A. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for In Vitro Biology. Washington D.C., USA.

 

ADDITIONAL MEETINGS ATTENDED

7/2005   American Gloxinia and Gesneriad Society, Inc. 49th Annual Convention; Portland, OR, USA.

 

10/2000 47th Annual Systematics Symposium, Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis, MO, USA.

 

10/1998 45th Annual Systematics Symposium, Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis, MO, USA.

 

6/1997   Society for In Vitro Biology’s National Conference; Washington DC, USA.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Clark, J.R. and J.L. Clark. Drymonia decora (Gesneriaceae), a new species from the Fila Costeña, Costa Rica. Selbyana 29:147-151.

 

Clark, J.L. and J.R. Clark. Drymonia collegarum (Gesneriaceae), a new species from Ecuador. Selbyana 29: 152-156.

Clark, J.R., R.H. Ree, M.E. Alfaro, M.G. King, W.L. Wagner, & E.H. Roalson. 2008. A comparative study in ancestral range reconstruction methods: retracing the uncertain histories of insular lineages. Systematic Biology 57: 693-707.

 

Clark, J.R. 2008. Gesneriads at the edge of the world...with notes on current research at Selby Gardens. Gesneriads: 58: 35-38.

 



 

Clark, J.R. 2008. Phylogeny, ancestral range reconstruction and partial taxonomic revision of Pacific Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae). Doctoral Dissertation. Washington State University. Pullman, WA. 109 pp.

 

Clark, J.R. 2008. Understanding Cyrtandra. MelanesianGeo 7: 12-14.

 

Pence, V.C. & J.R. Clark. 2005. Desiccation, cryopreservation and germination of seeds of the rare wetland species, Plantago cordata Lam. Seed Science and Technology 33: 767-770.

 

Clark, J.R. 2005. Why Cyrtandra? The Gloxinian 55(3): 34-40.

 

Clark, J.R., B.K. Holst and L. Skog. 2004. An annotated checklist of Gesneriaceae type specimens in the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Herbarium (SEL). Selbyana 24(2): 1-34.

 

Clark, J.R. 2004. In Memoriam: Hans Wiehler 1931-2003. Selbyana 24(1): i.

 

Pence, V.C., J.R. Clark, and B.L. Plair. 2003. Wild and endangered species. In: In vitro collecting techniques for germplasm conservation (Vol. Ed. J.M.M. Engels). International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) Technical Bulletin 7: 76-82.

 

Clark, J.R. 2003. Gesneriad Research at Selby Gardens. The Tropical Dispatch 30(1): 4.

 

Clark, J.R. 2003. My introduction to tropical field biology. The Gloxinian 53(4): 35-40.

 

Clark, J.R. 2003. The Gesneriad Research Foundation Herbarium and the Hans Wiehler Legacy. The Gloxinian 53(3): 23-27.

 

Clark, J.R. 2000. Sporophyte development in the ephemeral moss Eccremidium floridanum Crum (Ditrichaceae, Musci). Masters Thesis. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. 42 pp.

 

Clark, J.R. 2000. Defining our global ecosystem and the importance of Biological diversity. CREW ReView XVII(2): 6.

 

Snider, J., K.L. Yip, and J.R. Clark. 1999. Astomiopsis magilliana (Ditrichaceae, Musci) sp. nov. from Natal. The Bryologist 102: 119-121.

  

Clark, J.R. 1999. The Florida Scrub.  Wildlife Explorer V(10): 12-13.

 

Clark, J.R. 1999. A few must die so that others may live...the role of herbaria in plant conservation. CREW ReView XVI(2): 4.

 

Clark, J.R. 1999. Using IVC to collect endangered plants. CREW ReView XVI(1): 4.           

 

Pence, V. and J.R. Clark. 1998. Can You Name an Endangered Plant?  Wildlife Explorer IV(2): 13.

 

Clark, J.R. 1997.  CREW Plants Seeds of Success. Wildlife Explorer III(2): 12.

 

CURRENT RESEARCH

            My current research concerns the phylogenetics, ancestral range reconstruction and taxonomy of the genus Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae).  This genus, the most species-rich in the family (~500 species), is widely distributed throughout Southeast Asia, the Indo-Malayan region and the Pacific.  I am using both molecular markers and ancestral range reconstruction analysis to study the relationships within this large genus, principally in Hawaii, and the South Pacific.  I continue to conduct collecting expeditions (Hawai’i, 2004, 2005, 2007; [Western] Samoa, 2004-2005; Fiji 2006) to fill gaps in species distribution data and to collect silica gel-dried tissue for molecular analysis.  I have conducted extensive laboratory work to develop a phylogenetic hypothesis based on combined and individual analysis of the nrDNA internal transcribed spacer region (ITS), nuclear ribosomal external transcribed spacer region (ETS) and cpDNA psbA-trnH spacer region. This research has led to the comparative analysis of various methods for ancestral range reconstruction to ascertain their utility in reconstructing insular lineage histories. 

 

I am also in the development phase for implementing a program to explore the Southeast Asia – Pacific interface region (a region centered on Fiji; principally the Solomon Islands south to New Caledonia and west to Samoa) – this region is of major biogeographic importance due to its association as a stepping-stone system to and from the remote Pacific islands as well as being a convergence zone between the Pacific and the Asian and Australian biotic zones.

           

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND AFFILIATIONS

                                    American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT), member

 

                                    Botanical Society of America (BSA), member

 

                                    The Gesneriad Society, Inc. (GS), member

 

                                    Marie Selby Botanical Garden (MSBG), member


TECHNICAL TRAINING AND SKILLS

Software

Mac and PC fluent, Microsoft Office Programs, Database Management (including Microsoft Access and FileMaker Pro); multimedia presentations; PAUP*, MrBayes, SIMMAP, LAGRANGE, AReA, r8s, Mesquite, MacClade, Se-Al, Sequencher, Clustal X.

 

Laboratory

Plant tissue culture, micropropagation, sterile technique, histology, DNA extraction, PCR amplification, PCR product purification, sequencing, cloning, RNA isolation and cDNA library construction.

 

Vocational

Technical drawing and design, greenhouse and horticulture skills, most construction equipment and applications, timbering equipment, skid-loaders and related equipment.

 

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

I am an avid outdoors person; my interests include trail running, backpacking, skiing, and mountain biking.

 

In August, 2004, I competed in and finished the Grizzly Marathon (Choteau, MT); this full marathon (42.2 km/26.2 miles) takes place in the scenic front range of the Montana Rockies; the race is almost entirely on rough gravel road at an elevation of 1500 meters.

 

From 2001-2002, I spent a year traveling.  My experiences included mountain biking throughout the American Southwest, a 7 day, 129 km solo backpacking trip in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico, and a 3300 km cross-country solo bicycle trip. 

I independently funded this "time-off" by intermittently working as a skilled carpenter.

 

I enjoy pen & ink illustration, design and sculpture.

 

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and reading fiction, history and philosophy.  I am also a novice wine enthusiast and enjoy learning about enology and viticulture.

 

REFERENCES

 

            Available upon request.