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Monfils, Anna




Dr. Monfils is a professor of Biology, and Director of the Herbarium (CMC) at Central Michigan University

More about Anna Monfils

  • B.S., University of Notre Dame, 1992
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2003
  • Postdoc., Michigan State University, 2004-2005
  • Biodiversity Science
  • Conservation and Management
  • Invasive Species Biology
  • Plant Systematics

Current research projects

My lab studies the origin, pattern, and maintenance of biodiversity. We investigate biodiversity and evolution at different hierarchical scales, from the micro- to macroscopic level, and use a range of analytical and molecular techniques. We work extensively with the Central Michigan University Herbarium and the global biodiversity data network. Research in my lab spans several disciplines, including methodologies from systematics, taxonomy, museum science, biodiversity informatics, and field ecology. We have active and on-going collaborative research on the landscape and local drivers of biodiversity in prairie fen ecosystems; including work with the federally endangered Poweshiek skipperling butterfly. We conduct aquatic invasive plant research in an effort to determine best practices for assessing management actions and outcomes, and are currently working on an adaptive management framework for European frog-bit. Future research will include looking at phenological change in prairie fen wetlands, species distribution and predictive habitat modeling of aquatic invasive plants, and effects of plant reproductive strategies on invasive species management.

Courses Taught

  • Quantitative Biology
  • Foundations in Form and Function
  • Plants Systematics
  • Wetland Plants