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BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

James B. Beck, PhD

Assistant Professor
Office:  516 Hubbard Hall
Phone: (316)978-6063
E-mail:  james.beck@wichita.edu
 


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Education
Research Interests
Professional Experience
Peer-Reviewed Publications
External Research Grants
Teaching Experience

 Education

  • Washington University, St. Louis, MO PhD 2007 Biology
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY BS 1999 Biology

Research Interests

I'm a plant systematist, the main goals of which are interpreting plant biodiversity and reconstructing the evolutionary events that produced it.  My research interests include species (lineage) delimitation/discovery, phylogeny reconstruction, cytology, rare species biology, and phylogeography.  Much of this work focuses on “species complexes,” which are groups complicated by features such as hybridization, polyploidy, and asexuality.  In these cases combining molecular and morphological data is the key to gaining a more accurate picture of diversity and its causes.

Professional Experience

  • 2011- present. Research Assistant Professor, Wichita State University
  • 2010-2011. Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • 2007-2010. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Duke University
  • 1999-2000. Research Assistant, University of Tennessee Herbarium

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  •  Beck, J.B., P.J. Alexander, L. Allphin, I.A. Al-Shehbaz, C. Rushworth, C. Donovan Bailey, and M.D. Windham. Does hybridization drive the transition to asexuality in diploid Boechera? Evolution. In press
  • Oberle, B., R.A. Montgomery, J.B. Beck, and E.J. Essleman. A morphologically intergrading population facilitates plastid introgression from diploid to tetraploid Dodecatheon (Primulaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. In Press.
  • Beck, J.B., M.D. Windham, and K.M. Pryer. Do asexual polyploids lead short evolutionary lives?  A case-study from the fern genus Astrolepis. Evolution. 65: 3217-3229.
  • Oberle, B., R.A. Montgomery, J.B. Beck, and E.J. Essleman. A morphologically intergrading population facilitates plastid introgression from diploid to tetraploid Dodecatheon (Primulaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. In Press.
  • Estes, D., and J.B. Beck. 2011. A new species of Polymnia (Asteraceae: Tribe Polymnieae) from Tennessee. Systematic Botany. 36: 481-486.
  • Beck, J.B., M.D. Windham, G. Yatskievych, and K.M. Pryer. 2010. A diploids-first approach to species delimitation and interpreting polyploid evolution in the fern genus Astrolepis (Pteridaceae). Systematic Botany 35: 223-234.
  • Beck, J.B. 2009. The phylogeny of Selenia (Brassicaceae) inferred from chloroplast and nuclear sequence data. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 3: 169-176.
  • Windham, M.D., L. Huiet, E. Schuettpelz, A.L. Grusz, C.J. Rothfels, J.B. Beck, G. Yatskievych, and K.M. Pryer. 2009. Using plastid DNA sequences to redraw generic boundaries in cheilanthoid ferns (Pteridaceae). American Fern Journal 99: 128-132.
  • Beck, J.B., H. Schmuths, and B.A. Schaal. 2008. Native range genetic variation in Arabidopsis thaliana is strongly geographically structured and reflects Pleistocene glacial dynamics. Molecular Ecology 17: 902-915.
  • Schilling, E.E., J.B. Beck, P.J. Calie, and R.L. Small. 2008. Molecular analysis of Solidaster cv. Lemore, a hybrid goldenrod (Asteraceae). Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 2: 7-18.
  • Beck, J.B., I.A. Al-Shehbaz, S.L. O'Kane Jr., and B.A. Schaal. 2007. Further insights into the phylogeny of Arabidopsis (Brassicaceae) from nuclear Atmyb2 flanking sequence. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 42: 122-130.
  • Beck, J.B., G.L. Nesom, P.J. Calie, G.I. Baird, R.L. Small, and E.E. Schilling. 2004. Is Solidagininae (Asteraceae: Astereae) monophyletic? Taxon 53: 691-698.
  • Smith, B.D., A.T. Denham, J.B. Beck, and P.J. Calie. 2004. High resolution GIS mapping and current status of the ten viable populations of Short's goldenrod (Solidago shortii-Asteraceae) in Kentucky. Sida 21: 1121-1130.
  • Beck, J.B., R.F.C. Naczi, and P.J. Calie. 2001. An evaluation of the species delineation and insights into the population structure of Solidago shortii (Asteraceae) through morphometric analysis. Rhodora 103: 151-171.
  • Beck, J.B., R.F.C. Naczi, and P.J. Calie. 1999. Lectotypification of Solidago shortii (Asteraceae), with considerations of the historical and intellectual circumstances surrounding the original species description in Torrey and Gray's Flora of North America. Harvard Papers in Botany 4: 417-427.


External Research Grants

  • Linnean Society of London Systematics Research Fund (2008) "Understanding recurrent polyploid formation and evolution in the star-scaled cloak ferns (Astrolepis)."
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (2004) “Population genetics and historical biogeography of Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Henyh.”
  • American Society of Plant Taxonomists Graduate Student Research Grant (2004)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2002-2005)

Teaching Experience
 

  • Guest lecturer, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Duke University, 2010
  • Teaching assistant, Ecology, Washington University, 2001

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