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Aug 082012

John GaskinPest Management Research Unit Research Leader and Scientist
USDA Agricultural Research Service


(406) 433.9444


Dr. John Gaskin received a BS in Biology from University of California and a PhD in Evolutionary and Population Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and Missouri Botanical Gardens in Missouri. John’s research focuses on the systematics and population structure of invasive plants, particularly whitetop or hoarycress (Lepidium draba formerly Cardaria draba) and saltcedar (Tamarix spp.). The specific goals of this research are to are to find out which genotypes of these exotic plants are invading, where the genotypes originated from in Eurasia, which native and exotic species they are most closely related to, and where the invasive genotypes are distributed in the U.S. This information will be used to insure that all of the genetic diversity of these invasions will be present in tests of current and proposed biological control agents, and that all native plants closely related to the invasion will be included in host-specificity tests. more info

 August 8, 2012