James Mickley Curator

Joined: May 14, 2012 Last Active: Aug 22, 2019

I have a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. My doctoral research was on petal number variation in the Polemoniaceae, and I am broadly interested in why so many plants have five petals and what controls or constrains petal number.

Currently, I am a Postdoc at the University of Connecticut in the Bagchi Lab researching how forest fragmentation affects the food web dynamics of interactions among birds, caterpillars, and their host plants.

My background is in botany and previously I served as the site botanist at the LTER Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in Minnesota. While there, I wrote an undergraduate thesis on fire scarring in Minnesota oak savanna. I received a Masters from Stony Brook University where I worked on demography of invasive spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe).

I like seeing lots of cool plants and iNaturalist has become a nice way to keep myself sharp at a time when I get to spend less time in the field than I'd like.

Website: jamesmickley.com
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