Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden
kkucera at chicagobotanic dot org
I am a first-year Master's student researching the genetic changes associated with the use of multi-source seed lots in Penstemon pachyphyllus used for restorations. I am broadly interested in ecological restoration, seed biology, and insect pollinators. Outside of the lab, I enjoy being outdoors (of course ☺), cooking, reading, and hanging out with my cat.
Genetic diversity is an important quality in seeds used for ecological restorations. Sourcing seeds from multiple wild populations increases overall genetic diversity. To produce enough seeds for large-scale restorations, multi-source seed production beds are used to combine seeds from wild populations, increase genetic diversity, and...