I'm a third-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Liston's lab. For my Masters degree I studied population genetics in a species of lupine (Lupinus), and will be moving to population-genomics in my study of Asclepias. I will be investigating populations of Asclepias cyptoceras, a milkweed from the Great Basin and Intermountain West. There are two varieties of this species, var. cryptoceras and var. davisii, that grow on opposite ends of the species' range. I'll be attempting to identify informative markers within this species and use them to describe how the two varieties are interacting (i.e. are they exchanging genes?) and how they got to be where they are.
Straub, S.C.K., M. Parks, K. Weitemier, M. Fishbein, R.C. Cronn, A. Liston. 2012. Navigating the tip of the genomic iceberg: Next-generation sequencing for plant systematics. American Journal of Botany 99. DOI: 10.3732/ajb.1100335.
Straub, S.C.K., M. Fishbein, T. Livshultz, Z. Foster, M. Parks, K. Weitemier, R.C. Cronn, A. Liston. 2011. Building a model: Developing genomic resources for common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) with low coverage genome sequencing. BMC Genomics 12:211.
S Kelso, PM Beardsley, K Weitemier. 2009. Phylogeny and biogeography of Primula sect. Parryi (Primulaceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences. 170:93-106.