We seek to understand how biological traits, environmental conditions, and historical factors such as disturbance and dispersal history interact to influence plant distributions.  This understanding is vital for addressing conservation concerns such as the protection of rare species, the restoration of disturbed communities, the control of invasive species, and the environmental impacts of agriculture.


2/19/15– Very stimulating discussions after my talk at the Muhlenberg Botanical Society meeting

2/15/15– It’s official– the Flinn Lab will move to Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio in summer 2015!

12/20/14–  My students made a website about the plants of Longwood Gardens and their connections to people: Meet the plants!

12/9/14– The students of Plant-Human Interactions take on Longwood Gardens!


10/7/14– Our research makes the news!

9/25/14– Botany accepts our paper about the reproductive biology of hayscented fern

August 2014– Field work in the serpentine barrens with Jennifer Mikes and Hannah Kuhns


7/28-30/14– Jess Bechhofer and I present our poster at Botany 2014 in Boise, Idaho

5/7-9/14– Botany Field Meeting in Aldie, Virginia


4/17/14– Wildflower Walk at Shenk’s Ferry

Caulophyllum thalictroides2

4/12/14– Our paper reporting the (lack of) impacts of Japanese barberry invasion is accepted!

4/11/2014– Students present two posters at the Spring Research Fair

11/11/2013– We have fern gametophytes coming out our ears!

gametophyte G18-4

7/1/2013– Lab moves to Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa