Dr. Ashley B. Morris
Assistant Professor


(615) 494-7621

Department of Biology
1500 Greenland Drive
SCI 2044
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Morris CV - August 2014

Research in our lab addresses ecological and evolutionary questions using genetic tools. Our projects span the fields of population genetics, phylogeography, and systematics.

We have ongoing projects involving woody species of Eastern North America, basal angiosperms with an Eastern North American / East Asian disjunction, and federally endangered legumes endemic to limestone glade communities of the southeastern US.

All of our work includes both field and lab work, and we use a variety of molecular tools. Feel free to look around and learn more about our lab.
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Recent News from our Lab

Summer 2014
  • Kevin Trostel successfully defended his thesis proposal on 7 August. His work on the conservation genetics of Astragalus bibullatus, a federally endangered Cedar Glade endemic, is fully funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • We're moving! Our lab (along with the rest of our department) has moved into a brand new facility here at MTSU. We're all excited about the opportunities this will bring for us and our colleagues. Learn more about the new science building at MTSU.

  • Rayne Leonard was awarded an NSF EAPSI Fellowship to spend the summer in China! She is based in Beijing, where she is working in the lab of Dr. Zhiduan Chen in the Laboratory of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany at Beijing Institute of Botany. Rayne is continuing her thesis work on the systematics of basal angiosperm genus Illicium.
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