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Ph.D. project: Herbivory and systematics of Northern monkshood (Aconitum noveboracense, Ranuculaceae)

Bonnie A. Farrell
93 Lipman Drive, Blake Hall
Dept. of Landscape Architecture
Cook Campus, Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ  08901, USA
phone: (732) 932 3923 (w)
email:  rishelba@eden.rutgers.edu
homepage: http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~struwe/students/bonnie 
My plant biology Ph.D. research focuses on the rare and federally listed, Aconitum noveboracense, northern monkshood (Ranunculaceae). 
      As a member of Dr. Jean Marie Hartman’s lab, I showed that moderate to high levels of deer herbivory negatively effect growth, flower production, and seed dispersal in NY A. noveboracense. Deer herbivory may be significantly threatening the long term persistence of these populations.  
     
In Dr. Lena Struwe’s lab, I am investigating the phylogeny of North American Aconitum, including A. noveboracense and subspecies of A. columbianum.  Morphological and molecular characters (e.g. ITS) will be combined in a data matrix that will undergo parsimony analysis.  The goals are to better understand how the North American members are related and to test the validity of A. noveboracense’s species rank.  
      
I also work with the Olive Natural Heritage Society (OHNS), NY on monitoring and restoration projects.  ONHS is an excellent reference for other research projects in the Catskill Mts.
More about Northern Monkshood (Aconitum noveboracense):

Photos from my field site

USDA site, Plant Profile
US Fish and Wildlife site, Plant Profile
Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, Plant information

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