Jennifer Winther

Jennifer Winther, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology

Mycorrhizal symbiosis, Plant evo-devo
Office: 224 Henry Hall
Phone: (616) 331-5060


B.A. Biology, University of Chicago

Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado 

Courses Taught at GVSU:

BIO 120 General Biology
BIO 375 Genetics
BIO 376 Genetics Lab
Plant Symbiosis (Fall 2012)

Research Interests:

My research focuses on answering fundamental questions regarding the evolution and development of key innovations in lands plants. In particular, I am interested in the developmental evolution of vegetative and reproductive plant organs, and mycorrhizal symbioses. I choose to study the overlooked, yet phylogenetically important, ferns, lycopods and gymnosperms in order to fill in major gaps in our knowledge of the almost 500 million year history of land plants. I employ a diverse set of techniques including molecular systematics, microscopy, and developmental genetics to answer these questions. 


Recent Publications:

Winther, Jennifer L. and Elena M. Kramer. in prep. Molecular phylogenetics of major type II MADS-box gene lineages in seed plants. IJPS.

Winther, Jennifer L. and William E. Friedman.  2009. Phylogenetic affinity of arbuscular 
        mycorrhizal symbionts in Psilotum nudumJournal of Plant Research 122(5): 485-496

Winther, Jennifer L. and William E. Friedman.  2008. Arbuscular mycorrhizal associations   in Lycopodiaceae. New Phytologist 177 (3): 790-801.

Winther, Jennifer L. and William E. Friedman. 2007. Arbuscular mycorrhizal symbionts in
Botrychium (Ophioglossaceae). American Journal of Botany 94(7): 1248-1255.



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