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Jennifer Winther

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Email
wintheje@gvsu.edu

Title
Assistant Professor

Office Address
3390G Kindschi Hall of Science

Office Phone
616-331-5060

Areas of Expertise
Mycorrhizal Associations, Phylogenetics, Plant Evolution

Professional Societies

Botanical Society of America

Courses Taught at GVSU

BIO 120 General Biology
BIO 210 Evolution
BIO 375 Genetics
BIO 376 Genetics Lab
BIO 383 Plant-Fungal Interactions
BIO 495 Capstone

Research Interests

I am interested in furthering our understanding of the interactions that occur between plants and soil microbes (bacteria and fungi) that are the cornerstone of terrestrial and agricultural ecosystems.  I employ a variety of approaches from DNA to microscopy to investigate these interactions and have studied everything from ferns, to gymnosperms, to small sustainable market gardens.

Education

B.A. Biology, University of Chicago
Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado 

Select Publications

Winther, Jennifer L. and William E. Friedman.  2009. Phylogenetic affinity of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbionts in Psilotum nudumJournal of Plant Research 122(5): 485-496

Winther, Jennifer L. and William E. Friedman.  2008. Arbuscular mycorrhizal associations in Lycopodiaceae. New Phytologist 177 (3): 790-801.

Winther, Jennifer L. and William E. Friedman. 2007. Arbuscular mycorrhizal symbionts in Botrychium (Ophioglossaceae). American Journal of Botany 94(7): 1248-1255.

Recent Presentations

Winther, Jennifer. Hillsdale College, November 2, 2017. Evolution of AM fungal associations. Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI

Winther, Jennifer. Hope College Seminar Series, February, 2014. Fungal associations in ferns and farms. Hope College, Holland, MI.

Michalski, Michael, Sheila Blackman, and Jennifer Winther. April 2017. The Effect of Interseeded White Clover on Soil Microbial Diversity in Small-Scale Market Gardens. Student Scholars Day, GVSU, Allendale, MI

Michalski, Michael, Sheila Blackman, and Jennifer Winther. April 2017. The Effect of Interseeded    White Clover on Soil Microbial Diversity in Small-Scale Market Gardens. MEEC, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ,IL

Michalski, Michael, Sheila Blackman, and Jennifer Winther. November 2016. The Effect of Interseeded White Clover on Aspects of Soil Ecosystem Function in Small-Scale Market Gardens. Michigan Consortium of Botanist, Allendale, MI

Winther, Jennifer. Hillsdale College, November 5, 2015. Ecology and Evolution and plant-AM fungal associations. Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI.

Aldrich, Kennedy and Jennifer Winther. April 2015. Symbiotic Relationships Between Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and the Roots of Fruit Trees. Student Scholars Day, GVSU, Allendale, MI

Aldrich, Kennedy and Jennifer Winther. April 2014. Symbiotic Relationships Between Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and the Roots of Fruit Trees. Student Scholars Showcase, GVSU, Allendale, MI

Aldrich, Kennedy and Jennifer Winther. July 2014. Symbiotic Relationships Between Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and the Roots of Fruit Trees. Student Scholars Showcase, GVSU, Allendale, MI.

Winther, Jennifer. Hope College Seminar Series, February, 2014. Fungal associations in ferns and farms. Hope College, Holland, MI.

Winther, Jennifer L., Yanoschik, Michael, Gardner, Levi and Students of BIO 380. July 2013. Identity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in sustainably managed agricultural crops. Botanical Society of America annual meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Maryanski, Danielle and Jennifer L. Winther. July 2013. "Type II MADS-box Genes in Juniper Male and Female Cones. Botanical Society of America annual meeting, New Orleans, LA

Winther, Jennifer L. 2013 Fall Science Update. Tomatoes are berries? GVSU, GrandRapids, MI.

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