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My primary research interests are plant reproductive ecology and prairie restoration ecology. I study pollination and hybridization in milkweeds (Asclepias), gene flow and population structure in an annual moss (Physcomitrium pyriforme), and the effectiveness of tallgrass prairie restoration efforts in central Ohio.

I’ve been keenly interested in plant diversity of temperate eastern North America since I was an undergraduate student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. My Master’s Thesis, achieved at SUNY College at Buffalo, examined seed dispersal and germination ecology of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), a weedy introduced wetland perennial. My Ph.D. studies, undertaken here at Ohio State, explored inbreeding depression and autonomous self-pollination in rose-mallows (Hibiscus).

Milkweeds. I have an ongoing milkweed pollination ecology research project that uses video monitoring of pollinators in conjunction with DNA microsatellites to investigate introgression between Asclepias syriaca and A. sullivantii (Apocynaceae) , and the effects of clone size on self versus outcross pollen transport, at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County, Ohio.

Mosses. As an active member of the Ohio Moss and Lichen Association, I help catalog cryptogam distribution in the state. Also, my lab is helping to monitor bryophyte establishment at a newly-established wet prairie restoration at Batelle-Darby Metro Park in Franklin County, Ohio. We are using DNA microsatellite variation to ascertain the breeding system (self versus outcross) and population structure of an important element of the early successional bryoflora, Physcomitrium pyriforme (Funariaceae).

Prairies. My home campus, Ohio State – Marion, includes a roughly 10-acre reconstructed prairie established 35 years ago using central Ohio native seeds, principally from the Claridon Railroad Prairie, a small remnant located in nearby Caledonia, Marion County. In addition to being a “living laboratory” for various college classes, our prairie his has been the site of several research projects including a study of the positive effects of “reverse fertilization” (nitrogen immobilization by soil carbon amendment) on prairie plant establishment, as well as a detailed comparison of the floras of the restored prairie and its naturally-occurring counterpart.

Courses I have taught at Ohio State University (catalog numbers are shown for current OSU courses)

Evolution
Ecology
Plant Biology
Local Flora
Introduction to Local Flora (at Stone Lab)
BIO1113 (Biology: Energy Transfer and Development)
BIO1114 (Biology: Form, Function and Ecology)
BIO1101 (Introductory Biology)

A current CV is available here: Klips CV 2013