Welcome to the Schoen Lab

Research in the Schoen Lab:

Higher plants have evolved an enormous diversity of strategies for successfully reproducing.This can be seen by taking a casual glance at the many flower and inflorescence types seen among the Angiosperms, as well as the diversity of reproductive structures seen in the ferns and gymnosperms.

Our lab has been interested in understanding the evolution of plant reproductive systems and related life history characteristics, ranging from varying rates of self-pollination, different inflorescence types and the varying longevity of reproductive structures. We use a combination of experiments and theoretical analysis to address these questions. Our current work focuses on the evolution and breakdown of self-incompatibility in the mustard genus Leavenworthia, a group of annual plants that has been a model system for studying mating system evolution.

Floral variation within Leavenworthia alabamica
(Photo courtesy of Dr. J. Busch).