Allphin, Loreen

Plant & Wildlife Sciences

Email: 4psviirc{sspwxirlypqiDf}y2ihy  (Email Form)

5130  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-5603

Associate Professor

 Biography
Loreen Allphin, plant ecologist/conservation geneticist, received her doctorate in 1996 from the University of Utah (biology with an ecology and evolution emphasis). She has served on the faculty at Brigham Young University from 1996-present. She is currently a faculty member in the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, USA, where she serves as chair of the departmental graduate committee. Since 2003, she has also served as an adjunct curator of plants at the Utah Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City, UT, USA. . Dr. Allphin teaches undergraduate courses in conservation biology, genetics and reproduction in natural populations, ecology, and medicinal botany. Her research interests include: ecological and conservation genetics of rare plant populations; systematics of Brassicaceae, primarily the genera Boechera and Draba in western North America; phylogeography of rare plant genera and species in western North America; exploration of biogeographic patterns associated endemism and rarity in plants; plant population and community ecology; and plant reproductive ecology.
 Teaching Interests
Dr. Allphin teaches undergraduate courses in conservation biology, genetics and reproduction in natural populations, ecology, and medicinal botany. She also teaches a graduate course in quantitative ecology.
 Research Interests
Ecological and conservation genetics of rare plant populations; systematics of Brassicaceae, primarily the genera Boechera and Draba in western North America; phylogeography of rare plant genera and species in western North America; exploration of biogeographic patterns associated endemism and rarity in plants; plant population and community ecology; plant reproductive ecology.
 Honors and Awards
  • Faculty Women's Association : Citizenship Award
  • University Accessibility Center, Brigham Young University : Faculty Award for Distinguished Contributions to Accessibility
 Courses Taught

Fall 2016
  • PWS 101: Cult Hist of Medicinal Plants Section 001
  • PWS 350: Rangeland Ecology Section 001
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 014
Summer 2016
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 010
Spring 2016
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 015
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 007
Winter 2016
  • PWS 101: Cult Hist of Medicinal Plants Section 001
  • PWS 275: Genetics & Reproduction Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 016
  • PWS 551: Quantitative Ecology Section 001
  • PWS 598R: Adv Topics in PWS Section 004

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Miller J, Smith TS, Auger J, Black HL, Allphin L. 2016. An analysis of human-black bear conflict in Utah. Human-Wildlife Interactions. 10(2):292-299. <website>

Windham MD, Allphin L, Li FW, Beck J, Rushworth C, Al-Shebaz I, Alexander P, Bailey CD. 2015. Searching for Diamonds in the Apomictic Rough: A Case Study Involving Boechera lignifera (Brassicaceae). Systematic Botany. 40(4).  doi:Ms. No. SYSBOT-D-15-00037R1

Alexander PJ, Windham MD, Beck J, Al-Shebaz I, Allphin L, Bailey D. 2015. Weaving a tangled web: divergent and reticulate speciation in Boechera fendleri sensu lato (Brassicaceae: Boechereae). Systematic Botany. 40(2):572-596. <website>

Alexander PJ, Windham MD, Beck JB, Al-Shehbaz I, Allphin L, Bailey CD. 2013. Molecular phylogenetics and taxonomy of the genus Boechera and related genera (Brassicaceae: Boechereae). Systematic Botany. 38(1):192-209.

Beck JB, Alexander PJ, Allphin L, Al-Shehbaz IA, Bailey CD, Windham MD. 2012. DOES HYBRIDIZATION DRIVE THE TRANSITION TO ASEXUALITY IN DIPLOID BOECHERA?. Evolution. 66(4):985-995.

Wiens D, Allphin L, Wall M, Slaton MR, Davis SD. 2012. Population decline in Adenostoma sparsifolium (Rosaceae): an ecogenetic hypothesis for background extinction. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 105(2):269-292. <website>

Allphin L, Hunt LA, Anderson VJ. 2007. Genetic diversity and low reproductive success in isolated populations of Utah juniper, Juniperus osteosperma (Cupressaceae). Western North American Naturalist. 67(3):323-337.

Allphin L, Brian N, Mattheson T. 2005. Reproductive success and genetic divergence among varieties of the rare and endangered Astragalus cremnophylax (Fabaceae) from Arizona, USA. Conservation Genetics. 6(5):803-821.

Wiens D, Allphin L, Mansfield D, Thackray G. 2004. Loss of reproductive capacity in Dedeckera revisited. Aliso. 21:55-63.

Tischner T, Allphin L, Chase K, Adler F, Orf J, Lark KG. 2003. Genetics of seed abortion and reproductive traits in soybean (Glycine max). Crop Science. 43:464-473.

Hansen CJ, Allphin L, Windham MD. 2002. Biosystematic analysis of the Thelesperma subnudum complex (Asteraceae). Sida: Contributions in botany. 20:71-96.

Allphin L, Windham MD. 2002. Morphological and genetic variation among populations of the rare Kachina daisy (Erigeron kachinensis) from Southeastern Utah. Western North American Naturalist. 62:423-436.

Allphin L, Wiens D, Harper KT. 2002. The relative effects of resources and genetics on reproductive success in the rare Kachina daisy Erigeron kachinensis (Asteraceae). International J. Plant Sciences. 163:599-612.

Other

2000. DNA Variability in the rare Kachina daisy, Erigeron kachinensis.

Presentations

Allphin L. The History and Future of Population Genetic Research in the Conservation of Plant Species. Plant Conservation Conference. University of Montana, Missoula, MT. 2016 .

Landeen M, Petersen SL, Kitchen SG, Flinders LA. Post-fire seed production of mountain big sagebrush. Society for Range Management Annual Conference. Corpus Christi, Texas. 2016 .

Flinders LA. The History and Future of Population Genetic Research in the Conservation of Plant Species. Annual World Congress of Biodiversity. Qiajang International Conference Center, Xian, China. 2012 .

Landeen M, Petersen SL, Kitchen sG, Flinders LA. Estimating age of Mountain Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana) Using Morphological Characteristics. Society for Range Management 65th Annual Meeting, 8 January-3 February 2012. Spokane, Washington. 2012 .

Flinders LA, Windham MD. Conservation of Draba in the Intermountain West: The importance of hybridization, ploidy, breeding system, endemism and biogeography. 64th Annual Meeting. Billings, MT. 2011 .

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