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Martha Case

Associate Professor

Office : Integrated Science Center 2125
Phone : 757 221 2223
Email : [[macase]]
Webpage : {{http://macase.people.wm.edu/}}

Botanical Facility Oversight
Background

Year of  arrival 1994. Associate Professor. B.A., Biology, Michigan State University,  Lansing, 1984; Ph.D., Botany & Plant Pathology (Plant Systematics),  Michigan State University, Lansing, 1993.

My  long-term research interests include the study of evolutionary processes  within plant populations, particularly slipper orchids, and the analysis of  genetic differences among populations.  I am especially interested in how the demographic, life  history, and ecological characteristics of orchids influence their patterns  of intra- and interpopulational genetic variation and contribute to speciation patterns.

I have also recently initiated several other projects with my students.  These include a floristic analysis of  Totuskey Creek Watershed on the Northern Neck Peninsula, analyses of lichen  diversity in the Williamsburg area, and the conservation biology of American ginseng.  The projects involving  American ginseng include the influence of breeding system on fitness,  documentation of potential loss of populations throughout history, and  conservation genetics