Dr. Jeff Conner
Principal Investigator

Mechanisms of rapid adaptation

W.K. Kellogg Biological Station
Michigan State University
3700 E Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Office: (269) 671-2269
Email: connerj(at)msu.edu
Pronouns: he/him

Education & Experience
Ph.D. , Cornell University, 1988
Professor, Dept. of Plant Biology & KBS, 2003-present
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Robin Waterman

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • Ph.D. Student (start: 2020)
  • Email
  • Research interests: phenotypic plasticity, rapid adaptation to agricultural environments
  • Non-research interests: ballroom dancing, skiing, rock climbing, science fiction

Ava Garrison

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • Ph.D. Student (start: 2016)
  • Email
  • Research interests: agricultural weed evolution, adaptation to novel environments, phenotypic plasticity
  • Non-research interests: Cross stitching, roller derby, hiking, so much tv

Ousseini Issaka Salia

  • Pronouns: he/him
  • Postdoc (start: 2020)
  • Email

Sophie Buysse

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • Ph.D. Student (start: 2020)
  • Email
  • Research Interests: GxE interaction, genomic/transcriptiomic methods, phenotypic plasticity
  • Non-research interests: hiking, biking, Nordic skiing, gardening, cooking, food preservation

Richard Wagner

  • Research Technician

Angie Lane

  • Research Technician

Ryan Chio

  • Research Technician

Andrea Herrst

  • Research Technician

Elijah Persson-Gordon

  • Pronouns: he/him
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Email
  • Research interests: I love small things, interesting equipment, microscopes, and genetics! Also plants in general.
  • Non-research interests: I like visual art, programming, and being silly.

Lauren Norwood

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates student from U of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Email
  • Research interests: ecology and evolution, conservation of natural resources, plant science
  • Non-research Interests: long-boarding, hiking and exploration, indoor gardening, photography

Nicholas Bhandari

  • Pronouns: he/him
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Email
  • Research interests: plant evolution in the face of climate change, sacred plants throughout history
  • Non-research interests: rowing, writing music, houseplants

Past Lab Members with Current Positions

Graduate Students

Amanda Charbonneau

  • Ph.D 2018
  • Program Manager, Common Fund Data Ecosystem

Sam Perez

  • M.S. 2017

Raffica La Rosa

  • Environmental Scientist, CA Dep. of Fish & WIldlife
  • Ph.D 2015

Anne Royer

  • Assistant Professor, University of Scranton
  • Ph.D. 2014

Frances Knapczyk

  • Conservation Program Manager, Napa County Resource Conservation District
  • Ph.D. 2007

Angela Roles

  • Associate Professor, Oberlin College
  • Ph.D. 2007

Heather Sahli

  • Associate Professor, Shippensburg University
  • Ph.D. 2006

Meghan Duffy

  • Professor, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. 2006

Brian Black

  • Instructor, Bay College
  • Ph.D. 2000

Karin Pfennig

  • Professor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D. 1999

Laura Zangori

  • Assistant Professor of Science Education, University of Missouri
  • M.S. 1995

Kevin Feldheim

  • A. Watson III Manager of the Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution
  • The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • M.S. 1994


Sarah Fitzpatrick

  • Assistant Professor, KBS and MSU
  • 2015-2016 (co-advised with G. Mittelbach)

Annat Haber

  • BEACON Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2013-2015 (co-advised with I. Dworkin).

M. Gabriela Bidart-Bouzat

  • Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University
  • 2004-2006 (NSF Minority Postdoctoral Fellow)

Jeremie Fant

  • Conservation Scientist , Chicago Botanic Garden
  • 2002-2003

Kari Lehtilä

  • Professor, Södertörn University College, Sweden
  • 1996-1998 (co-advised with S. Strauss)

REUs and RETs

Former REUs currently in Ecology/Evolution

  • Mackenzie Caple, Ph.D. student, Indiana University
  • Dr. Tyler Bassett,  Botanist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory
  • Emi Fergus, Postdoctoral research associate, EPA
  • Dr. Amber Rice, Assistant Professor, Lehigh University
  • Sam Slowinski, Ph.D. student, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Dr. Jay Sobel, Assistant Professor, Binghamton University
  • Dr. Jennifer Tate, Associate Professor, Massey University, NZ
  • Dr. Jennifer Williams, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

2017 REU

  • Daijah Scott, NC A&T

2015 RETs

2015 REUs

  • Kola George, College of Charleston
  • Douglas (Alex) Page, North Carolina A&T

2013 RETs

2013 REUs

  • Andre Hall, North Carolina A&T
  • Michayla Hunter, Jackson State
  • Marvin Osborne, North Carolina A&T

2012 RETs

2012 REUs

  • Natalya Dungee, North Carolina A&T
  • Desmond Kilgo, North Carolina A&T
  • Victoreea Harris, Jackson State

2011 RETs

2011 REUs

  • Toria Davis, Michigan State
  • Jasmine George, North Carolina A&T
  • Krystal Harrison, North Carolina A&T
  • Yasmin Partee, Jackson State
  • Shawn Szabo, Michigan State

2010 RETs

2010 REUs

  • Emma Conner, Oberlin College
  • Laura Maihofer, Michigan State
  • Yasmin Partee, Jackson State
  • Stephen Williams, Oberlin College

2009 REUs

  • Brittany Daniels, Jackson State
  • Morgan Lucke, Michigan State
  • Latarsha Porcher, Oberlin College
  • Sam Slowinski, Oberlin College

2008 RET

  • Debi Kilmartin, Gull Lake M. S.

2008 REUs

  • Elizabeth Olenzek, University of Michigan
  • Elizabeth Wright, Jackson State

2007 REU

  • Tamika Shannon, Jackson State