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Biology : SURF Program Description

Dr. C. Thomas Philbrick

Professor

Science Building 146
PhilbrickT@wcsu.edu
203-837-8773

BIOGRAPHY
Tom Philbrick is a plant systematist who focuses on the biology of aquatic vascular plants. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Plant Biology at the University of New Hampshire, and his Ph.D in Systematic Biology at the University of Connecticut.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Most activities in my lab pertain to the studies of the biology, ecology and taxonomy of a group of aquatic flowering plants called Riverweeds (Podostemaceae). My research has involved field studies with colleagues (and some student) in many regions of South America. The current geographic focus is northern and western Brazil. Current research-related projects in my lab include data basing, morphological analyses, seed dispersal, mapping species distributions, discovery and description of new species, and production of taxonomic monographs. I am currently collaborating with Dr. Brad Ruhfel (Eastern Kentucky University) on phylogenetic analyses of Riverweed species. Funding from the National Science Foundation supports our collaborations.

SURF PRIMARY SETTING
Laboratory and field work.

SKILLS TO BE ACQUIRED DURING FELLOWSHIP
Dissection with stereo microscopy & microphotography; data entry; data basing; statistical analysis; plant identification.

SKILLS REQUIRED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A FELLOWSHIP IN THIS LAB
Excellent oral and written communication; attention to detail; ability to work independently; willingness to work out doors; ability to swim; familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

FELLOWSHIP DATES
Contact faculty member for availability.