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Devin Rodgers Curriculum Vitae

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I am a graduate student Austin Peay State University beginning in the fall of 2013 for an M.S. in Biology. My botany career began as a freshman at Catawba College, where I majored in Environmental Science. I begged my way onto an upper class Plant Taxonomy field trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, which instilled in me a restless interest in plants. I took several plant classes in undergraduate school and even managed my own floristic study of a 360-acre tract of land near my alma mater. I worked as a summer botanical garden assistant at the Highlands Biological Station, learning much about the Southern Appalachian flora. Upon graduation from college, I took a botany internship at Modoc National Forest in northeastern California. We botanically surveyed forests and rangelands for sensitive plants and habitat. Most weekends were spent travelling to various ecoregions of California where I encountered countless plants that opened my mind to the diversity in plants. After a six-month thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail in 2012, I applied to Austin Peay State University and recognized the potential for me to grow as a student and as a botanist. I moved to Clarksville in May of 2013 to work on projects for the Center of Excellence in Field Biology before I begin my graduate program. Since joining my lab studying under Dr. Estes, I have had the opportunity to study native plants throughout the mid-south region and grown tremendously as a botanist. The passionate interest in Botany around the herbarium is a great nursery for my growing interests.

Research Interests

I'm conducting a flora on the riverscour communities of Daddy's Creek on the Cumberland Plateau in east Tennessee for my thesis research. While this is my focus, I am interested in phytogeography, especially as pertains to rare plants and historical vegetation. I'm also interested in plant community ecology, specifically natural vegetation and its changes over time.

Education

B.S. Environmental Science, Catawba College (2011)
 

Manuscripts in Preparation:

Rodgers, D. and L. Dwayne Estes. 2016. Vascular flora and vegetation of the Cumberland Riverscour Ecological System in Daddy’s Creek Gorge, Cumberland County, Tennessee. In prep.

Rodgers, D. and L. Dwayne Estes. 2015. A new species of Clematis (Ranunculaceae) from the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee. In prep.

Rodgers, D. and L. Dwayne Estes. 2015. Tradescantia ernestiana (Commelinaceae): a new record for Tennessee, with comparisons to the morphologically-similar Tradescantia virginiana. In prep.

Presentations at Regional and Local Scientific Meetings:

Rodgers, D. and L. Dwayne Estes. 2014. Vascular flora and vegetation of the Cumberland Riverscour Ecological System in Daddy’s Creek Gorge, Cumberland and Morgan Counties, Tennessee. Presentation given at Tennessee Academy of Sciences meeting, Morristown, TN.

Rodgers, D. and L. Dwayne Estes. 2014. Vascular flora and vegetation of the Cumberland Riverscour Ecological System in Daddy’s Creek Gorge, Cumberland and Morgan Counties, Tennessee. Presentation given at National Park Service’s Scientific Research Symposium for the Cumberland Plateau, Rugby, TN.

Rodgers, D. and L. Dwayne Estes. 2014. Vascular flora of the Cumberland Riverscour Ecological System in Daddy’s Creek Gorge, Cumberland County, Tennessee. Presentation given at the Association of Southeastern Biologists Meeting, Spartanburg, SC. 

Rodgers, D. and C. Rogers-Lowery. 2011. Effects of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on calcium carbonate production in Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus and Favia fragum. Poster presented at Beta Beta Beta portion (undergraduate) of the Association of Southeastern Biologists Meeting, Asheville, NC.

Rodgers, D. and C. Rogers-Lowery. 2010. Effects of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on calcium carbonate production in Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus. Talk given at State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, Wilmington, NC.

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