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Provost Lecture Series: Biology professor Baskauf to present Nov. 7


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – An Austin Peay State University biology professor will present the next session of the Provost Lecture Series this week at APSU.

Dr. Carol Baskauf, APSU professor of biology, will present at 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. She will talk about her work with Braun’s rock-cress, a federally endangered plant found only in Tennessee and Kentucky.  The plant has an unusual distribution, with a 250-mile gap separating its Tennessee and Kentucky populations. “DNA-fingerprinting” techniques and other genetic markers indicate that the populations have extremely low genetic variability, even when compared with other rare plant species. Nevertheless, Tennessee plants differ genetically from Kentucky plants. Genetic data from studies like this can provide guidance for rare species' conservation strategies.

All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

After receiving her B.A. in biology from Bluffton College, Baskauf and her husband spent three years as volunteers teaching high school science and math in Swaziland, Africa. Upon returning to the U.S., she attended Vanderbilt University as a Graduate Select Scholar and received her Ph.D. in biology in 1993. She joined the APSU faculty soon after she graduated. The focus of her research has been the population genetics and ecophysiology of rare plant species, for which she has received eight extramurally funded grants over the years. She has published her research in the American Journal of Botany, Evolution, Journal of Heredity, Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Castanea.

Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series can be viewed live at Past lectures are available to view on iTunesU at Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303. To see a schedule of upcoming speakers, visit

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at 931-221-7992 or email him at