Stevens, Mikel

Plant & Wildlife Sciences

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Website: http://bacs.byu.edu/facstaff/index.asp?ID=73&pn=S

5131  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-4032

Professor

 Education
  • PhD, Plant Science, University of Arkansas, 1993
  • MS, Horticulture, Brigham Young University, 1983
  • BS, Horticulture, Brigham Young University, 1977
  • AS, Forestry, Snow College, 1975
 Experience

Professional
  • Consultant in Tomato Prebreeding, Nunhems, 2011-2014
  • Research Assistant, University of Arkansas, 1988-1993

Other
  • Consultant, BASF Inc., 2001-2007
  • Consultant, Syngenta Seed Inc., 2000-2002

Academic - Post-Secondary
  • Assitant Plant Breeder, University of Florida, 1993-1994

 Honors and Awards
  • American Penstemon Society : American Penstemon Society 2015 Featured Photographer
 Courses Taught

Winter 2017
  • PWS 100: Plants in the Environment Section 002
  • PWS 188: Intro to Genetics & Biotech Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 002
Fall 2016
  • PWS 100: Plants in the Environment Section 001, 002
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 008
Winter 2016
  • PWS 100: Plants in the Environment Section 002
  • PWS 188: Intro to Genetics & Biotech Section 001
  • PWS 799R: Doctoral Dissertation Section 009
Fall 2015
  • PWS 100: Plants in the Environment Section 002

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Jones CD, Stevens MR, Jolley VD, Hopkins BG, Jensen SL, Turner D, Stettler JM. 2016. Evaluation of thermal, chemical, and mechanical seed scarification methods for four Great Basin Lupine species. Native Plants Journal. 17(1):5-17. <website> doi:10.3368/npj.17.1.5

Stevens MR. 2016. Featured Photographer. Bulletin of the American Penstemon Society. 75:46-53.

Stevens MR, Johnson RL. 2016. Annual APS Summer Meeting Rewards: Taxonomic clarification of two Penstemon species of the Uinta Basin of Colorado and Utah. Bulletin of the American Penstemon Society. 75:8-20.

Love S, Stevens MR. 2016. Penstemon Spotlight – Penstemon uintahensis. Penstemon Spotlight – Penstemon uintahensis. 75:2-7.

Anderson CD, Ricks NJ, Kevin FM, Maughan PJ, Stevens MR. 2016. Identification and characterization of microsatellite markers in Penstemon scariosus (Plantaginaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences. 4(3):1500105. <website> doi:10.3732/apps.1500105

Stevens MR, Johnson RL. 2015. Breeding native flowers for drought tolerant urban landscapes: 2014 progress report. Report of the Intermountain Native Plants Cooperative. 6:33-38.

Stevens MR, Geary BD. 2014. Progress report on the “breeding native flowers for drought tolerant urban landscapes” project. Report of the Intermountain Native Plants Cooperative. 5:45-49. <website>

Dockter RB, Elzinga DB, Geary BD, Maughan PJ, Johnson LA, Tumbleson D, Franke J, Dockter K, Stevens MR. 2013. Developing molecular tools and insights into the Penstemon genome using genomic reduction and next-generation sequencing. BMC Genetics. 14(66):1-33. <website>

Stevens MR. 2013. Cold and Dry = Immortality, or at Least Long Lived?. BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN PENSTEMON SOCIETY. 72:28-34.

Love S, Stevens MR. 2013. Penstemon Spotlight – Penstemon bracteatus. BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN PENSTEMON SOCIETY. 72:2-5.

Harrison S, Meyer SE, Stevens MR. 2012. Molecular genetic diversity and differentiation in clay phacelia (Phacelia argillacea Atwood: Hydrophyllaceae). Calochortiana. 1:127-133.

Kooyman DL, Airmet K, Hinckley JD, Tree LT, Moss M, Blumell S, Ulicny K, Gustafson AK, Weed M, Theodosis R, et al. 2012. Construction of a Llama Bacterial Artificial Chromosome Library. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. 2012(Article ID 371414):4.

Love S, Stevens MR. 2012. Penstemon Spotlight – Penstemon atwoodii. Bulletin of the American Penstemon Society. 71:2-6.

Stevens MR, Broderick S. 2012. Quantifying Penstemon DNA, a study in relationships. Bulletin of the American Penstemon Society. 71:54--64.

Kolano B, Gardunia BW, Michalska M, Bonifacio A, Fairbanks D, Maughan PJ, Coleman CE, Stevens MR, Jellen EN, Maluszynska J. 2011. Chromosomal localization of two novel repetitive sequences isolated from the Chenopodium quinoa Willd. Genome. Genome. 54:710-717. <website>

Stevens MR, Geary BD, Dockter RB, Dockter KG, Broderick SR, Daley SL, Love SL. 2011. Identifying germplasm for breeding native Intermountain drought tolerant flowers. Report of the Intermountain Native Plants Cooperative. 2:44-48. <website>

Smith EA, Collette SB, Boynton TA, Lillrose T, Stevens MR, Bekker MF, Eggett DL, St Clair SB. 2011. Developmental contributions to phenotypic variation in functional leaf traits within quaking aspen clones. Tree Physiology. 31:68-77.

Broderick SR, Stevens MR, Geary BD, Love SL, Jellen EN, Dockter RB, Dailey SL, Lindgren DT. 2011. A survey of Penstemon’s genome size. Genome. 54(2):160-173.

Vargas A, Elzinga DB, Rojas-Beltran JA, Bonifacio A, Geary BD, Stevens MR, Jellen EN, Maughan PJ. 2011. Development and use of microsatellite markers for genetic diversity analysis of cañahua (Chenopodium pallidicaule Aellen). Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 58:727-739. <website>

Robbins MD, Masud MA, Panthee DR, Gardner RG, Francis DM, Stevens MR. 2010. Marker Assisted Selection for Coupling Phase Resistance to Tomato spotted wilt virus and Phytophthora infestans (Late Blight) in Tomato. HortScience. 45(10):1424-1428. <website>

Stevens MR, Geary BD, Broderick SR, Ewell BJ, Dockter RB, Mendenhall MA, Daley SL, Daley JD, Mock TJ, Love SL. 2010. Understanding Penstemon diversity in an effort to initiate a breeding program within the genus for urban landscapes of the Intermountain West. Report of the Intermountain Native Plants Cooperative. 1:18-20. <website>

Balzotti MR, Thornton JN, Maughan PJ, McClellan DA, Stevens MR, Jellen EN, Fairbanks DJ, Coleman CE. 2008. Expression and evolutionary relationships of the Chenopodium quinoa 11S seed storage protein gene. International Journal of Plant Sciences. 169:281-291. <website>

Abstract

Washburn JD, Geary BD, Kearns MJ, Stevens MR. 2010. Alyssum flower mutagenesis: Ornamental crop improvement. HortScience. 45(8):S87. <website>

Geary BD, Benson J, Hopkins BG, Jolley VD, Miller JS, Stevens MR. 2010. Low pH and Calcium Levels Increase Infection Severity of Phytophthora erythroseptica in Russet Norkotah Potato Roots. American Journal of Potato Research. 87(1):124. <website>

Conference Proceedings

Geary BD, Hopkins BG, Jolley VD, Benson J, Miller J, Stevens MR. 2010. Nutrient and pathogen interactions in potato: impacts of pH and calcium on pink rot disease development. Bohl, editor. Moscow, ID: University of Idaho.

Geary BD, Benson J, Miller J, Hopkins BG, Jolley VD, Stevens MR. 2010. Pink rot of potato, influence of pH and calcium on disease development.

Dockter RB, Broderick SR, Dockter KG, Tumbleson DM, Maughan PJ, Geary BD, Stevens MR. 2010. Molecular marker development using 454-pyrosequencing in four species of Penstemon. 8th ed. <website>

Presentations

Stevens MR, Harrison S, Ensign B, Robbins MD, Johnson RL, Johnson LA, Anderson CD, Ricks NJ, Farley KM. Breeding native flowers for drought tolerant urban landscapes: 2016 progress report. Annual WERA Meetings. Ames, Iowa. 2016 .

Harrison S, Ensign B, Stevens MR. Interspecific hybridization within Penstemon and their Potential uses in urban landscapes. American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. 2016 .

Ricks NJ, Stevens MR, Johnson RL, Johnson LA, Anderson CD, Robbins MD, Farley KM. The development and use of SSR markers for Penstemon scariosus, a species with horticultural potential. American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. 2016 .

Rodriguez-Pena RR, Wolfe AD, Robbins MD, Johnson RL, Johnson LA, Anderson CD, Ricks NJ, Farley KM, Stevens MR. Population genetics and geographic patterns among varieties of Penstemon scariosus. Botanical Society of America Annual Conference. Savannah, Georgia. 2016 .

Stevens MR. Are there really more than 70 species of Penstemon in Utah?. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Science Form. Kanab/Escalante, Utah. 2016 .

Stevens MR, Johnson RL, Stettler JM. Morphological and genetic characterization of blue penstemon (Penstemon cyaneus). Joint Annual Meeting of the SER-Great Basin Chapter and the Great Basin Native Plant Project. Boise, Idaho. 2016 .

Anderson CD, Ricks NJ, Farley KM, Maughan PJ, Stevens MR. Development and classification of SSRs for Penstemon scariosus (Plantaginaceae). Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research. Salt Lake City, Utah. 2016 .

Harrison S, Ensign B, Stevens MR. Interspecific hybrids in Penstemon. Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research. Salt Lake City, Utah. 2016 .

Anderson CD, Farley KM, Ricks NJ, Maughan PJ, Stevens MR. Development of Penstemon scariosus (Plantaginaceae) Microsatellite Markers. Plant and Animal Genome XXV Conference. San Diego, CA. 2016 .

Stevens MR, Harrison S, Ensign B, Johnson RL. Progress report of diversity studies and interspecific hybridization in Penstemon. Annual WERA Meetings. Boise, ID. 2015 .

Graham R, Ensign B, Stevens MR, Geary BD. The induction of polyploidy in Agastache plants. Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research. St. George, Utah. 2015 .

Stevens MR, Johnson RL, Geary BD. Breeding native flowers for drought tolerant urban landscapes; 2014 progress report. Annual WERA Meetings. Kaysville, Utah. 2014 .

Stevens MR, Dockter RB, Geary BD. Progress report on understanding breeding with the genus Penstemon. Annual WERA Meetings. Reno, Nevada. 2013 .

Blischak P, Wenzel M, Stevens MR, Wolfe A. How low can you go? Gene predictions and putative annotations in four species of Penstemon (Plantaginaceae) from ultra low coverage 454 sequencing. Annual Botany Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. 2013 .

Scott JW, Hutton SF, Olsen SM, Stevens MR. Spotty results in our Sw-7 Tomato spotted wilt virus research. 26th Annual Tomato Disease Workshop. Ithaca, New York. 2011 .

Stevens MR. Plant breeding perspectives. Annual Nunhems Tomato Research And Development Meetings. Roermond, The Netherlands. 2011 .

Stevens MR, Geary BD, Dockter RB, Dockter KG, Broderick SR, Daley SL, Love SL. Identifying germplasm for breeding native intermountain drought tolerant flowers. Annual WERA Meetings. Aberdeen, Idaho. 2010 .

Dockter RB, Broderick SR, Dockter KG, Tumbleson DM, Maughan PJ, Geary BD, Stevens MR. Molecular marker development using 454-pyrosequencing in four species of Penstemon. Am Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference. Palm Desert, CAlifornia. 2010 .

Washburn JD, Geary BD, Kearns MJ, Stevens MR. Alyssum flower mutagenesis: Ornamental crop improvement. American Society for Horticulture Annual Conference. Palm Desert, California. 2010 .

Jones C, Jensen S, Stevens MR. An evaluation of seed scarification methods for four native Lupinus species. Seed Ecology III Conference. Salt Lake City, UT. 2010 .

Jones C, Stevens MR. Native forbs-cultural practices. Seed Production of Native Grasses and Forbs Workshop. Ontario, OR. 2010 .

Geary BD, Benson J, Miller J, Hopkins BG, Jolley VD, Stevens MR. Pink rot of potato, influence of pH and calcium on disease development. Southern Rocky Mountain Agricultureal Conference. Alamosa. Colorado. 2010 .

Geary BD, Hopkins BG, Jolley VD, Benson J, Miller J, Stevens MR. Nutrient and pathogen interactions in potato: Impacts of pH and calcium on pink rot disease development. Idaho Potato Growers Conference. Pocatello, Idaho. 2010 .

Stevens MR, Geary BD, Broderick SR, Ewell BJ, Dockter RB, Mendenhall MA, Daley SL, Daley JD, Mock TJ, Love SL. Understanding Penstemon diversity in an effort to initiate a breeding program within the genus for urban landscapes of the Intermountain West. Annual WERA Meetings. Laramie, WY. 2009 .

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