Evolutionary Developmental Biology - Maternal Effects

Structure-Function Relationships - Systematics - Botany 

Bryology (Mosses) - 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 between maternal gametophytes and their sporophyte offspring. We use electron microscopy, molecular systematic techniques, and manipulation experiments to address our research questions.

Applying to graduate school? Have a passion for plants? 


Join the Budke Lab at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville! 

We are a new lab at UTK focusing on early lineages of plants, including bryophytes, lycophytes, and ferns addressing questions focusing on development, physiology, and systematics. We will be taking on graduate students for the 2019-2020 academic year.


- Internal funding to support graduate student research, including travel to meetings, fieldwork, and research supplies.


- Graduate students at UTK are supported on teaching assistantships that come with a full tuition waiver. 

  1. -World-renowned faculty who offer great opportunities for taking cutting-edge courses and collaborations. http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/people-2/faculty/ 

  2. -We have added nine new faculty to the EEB department in the past three years!

- Knoxville is a vibrant city that has a very affordable cost-of-living. There are tons of outdoor activities in the area, from local greenways to state and national parks. We are also located 2 hours from the biologically diverse southern Appalachians and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Applications are due January 1, 2019 


Please contact me directly for more information and to discuss the application process! 



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