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Rose Marks

Rose Marks works in Robert Vanburen's lab.

Area of expertise: Ecophysiology and genomics of desiccation tolerance.

Rose completed her undergraduate degree at Montana State University where she conducted research on rangeland degradation in the Maasai group ranches of Kenya, and also worked on a project to quantify the role of clonal vs. sexual reproduction in the spread of Linaria dalmatica (a beautiful and invasive plant in the Rocky Mountains of Montana). After completing her undergraduate degree, Rose spent a few years working on farms and rock climbing, but eventually decided to return to academia. She completed her PhD at the University of Kentucky in 2019 under the guidance of Dr. Nicholas McLetchie. During her PhD, Rose worked on sex chromosome evolution, sexual dimorphisms, and the ecophysiology of water stress tolerance in the tropical liverwort Marchantia inflexa. Currently, Rose is an NSF postdoctoral fellow working on a project to characterize the ecology and genomics of desiccation tolerance in the South African resurrection plant Myrothamnus flabellifolia. Untangling the biology of this unique and understudied plant has promising applications for improving plant resiliency in both natural and agricultural systems. Rose splits her time between Michigan State University and The University of Cape Town (where she works with Jill Farrant). You can read more about Rose’s research at www.roseamarks.com