Budke Laboratory

University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Developmental Biology | Structure-Function Relationships | Parent-Offspring Conflict | Maternal Effects | Physiology | Systematics | Taxonomy | Botany | Bryology | Natural History Collections | Science Communication

Our research focuses on the development, evolution, and function of plant structures. We study morphological features that are used to distinguish species taxonomically and those that are important for reproduction and fitness. Our research also focuses on the relationship betwen parenal gametophytes and their sporophyte offspring. Some of the tools we use to address our research questions are natural history collections, molecular systematic techniques, electron microscopy, and manipulation experiments.

Interested in joining the lab?
Two NSF-funded PhD positions studying the functional morphology and evolution of the parent-offspring conflict in mosses are currently open! Deadline for applying for Fall 2022 admission is 1 December 2021.
Click here for more information or contact me! - jbudke@utk.edu

Lab Members

Our lab is full of botany enthusiasts who are studing plants from a variety of perspectives to expand our knowlege of the natural world.

Research

Our research focuses on structure-function relationships, morphological evolution, and parent-offspring conflict in plants.

Teaching

Our classes promote hands-on learning that puts students in direct contact with organisms in the field, laboratory, and natural history collections.

Outreach

We share our botanical expertise with members of the public during moss/fern walks and behind-the-scenes tours at the herbarium.