Selby Gardens is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members into the Research Department – Carly Summers, a B.Sc. graduate from New College of Florida, and Elaina Margenthaler, a B.Sc. graduate from Southern Illinois University.
Elaina Margenthaler (left) and Carly Summers (right)
Both Carly and Elaina have exceptional experience in modern molecular methods and will be working under the direction of Dr. John R. Clark in Selby’s new molecular laboratory. Their research will be geared towards understanding the role of plant characters and ecology in the evolution and diversification of epiphytic plant lineages, with a focus on Selby’s three core plant families – bromeliads, gesneriads and orchids. Dr. Clark is particularly excited to have two qualified and eager research assistants in his department. He encourages staff, volunteers and members to stop by Research to meet Carly and Elaina and to learn more about this new and exciting research program at the Gardens.