Assistant Professor, Biology
Ph.D., University of Maine, 2015
B.S., University of Maine, 2008
BIOL 160: Introduction to Biology II; Organisms
BIOL 235: Botany
BIOL 255: Biodiversity
BIOL 302: Applied Statistics in Biology
BIOL 327: Plants and Society
BIOL 330: Biology Seminar
BIOL 334: Field Botany
BIOL 395: Special Topics in Biology; Field Botany
BIOL 395: Special Topics in Biology; Entomology (to be offered fall 2018)
BIOL 395: Special Topics in Biology; Introduction to Bryology and Lichenology
BIOL 460: Ecology
PHED 150: Wilderness Skills
My primary research centers on the systematics (species-level relationships and classification) of the genus Amelanchier, shrubs and trees in the rose family (Rosaceae). With coauthors, I am currently working on a monograph of the genus. In addition, I am working on a "Field Guide to the Grasses and Rushes of Maine", with three Maine botanists, with an expected publication date of late 2018.
I am broadly interested in distributional patterns (floristics and phytogeography), regional conservation, speciation, and systematics of vascular plants, bryophytes, and lichens. Because of these broad interests, there are ample opportunities for students to work with me on some of these projects, or design their own. I encourage students who are interested in any of these or related projects to come speak with me regarding research and fieldwork opportunities. Some new and ongoing projects that involve a lot of fieldwork and lab skills include the following:
1. Bryophyte inventory of the MCLA forest
2. Macrolichen inventory of the MCLA forest
3. Vascular plant inventory of the MCLA forest
These first three projects are often a part of my classes but I would love students who are interested in one of these groups to take an active research role. My ultimate goal is to grow these three projects into county-wide inventories.
4. Morphological analysis of New England specimens of Hieracium maculatum Sm. (spotted hawkweed). This taxon has been variously treated as a species, as a form of another species, or not recognized at all. My theory is that it intergrades completely with another species in the genus. To test this, we will measure field collected plants for a suite of morphological traits; students can gain skills in field collection, plant identification, and morphological and statistical analysis. A component of this project includes common garden experiments to test if traits that are variable in the field are a result of variable phenotypic responses to the environment.
Please feel free to stop by my office any time to discuss involvement with my research.
Cushman, K. R., M. B. Burgess, E. T. Doucette, G. A. Nelson, and C. S. Campbell. 2017. Species Delimitation in Tetraploid, Apomictic Amelanchier (Rosaceae). Systematic Botany. 42(2):234-256.
Burgess, M., K. Cushman, E. Doucette, C. Frye, and C. Campbell. 2015. Understanding diploid diversity: a first step in unraveling polyploid, apomictic complexity in Amelanchier (Rosaceae). American Journal of Botany 102: 2041-2057.
Burgess, M., K. Cushman, E. Doucette, N. Talent, C. Frye, and C. Campbell. 2014. Effects of apomixis and polyploidy on diversification and geographic distribution in Amelanchier (Rosaceae). American Journal of Botany 101(8): 1375-87.
Doucette, E. T. 2014. Two new vascular plant taxa established in Maine. Rhodora: 116: 967: 348-351.
Campbell, C. S., M. Burgess, K. R. Cushman, E. T. Doucette, A. C. Dibble, and C. T. Frye. 2014. Amelanchier in FNA Editorial Committee, Flora of North America volume 9. Magnoliophyta: Rosidae (in part): Rosales (in part). Oxford University Press, New York.
Doucette, E. 2013. Quantifying Syringa reticulata invasion in Aroostook County, Maine. Pages 45-47 in Mollicone, M., E. Doucette, M. Gottlieb, D. Spaulding, and R. Pope (Editors). Bulletin of the Josselyn Botanical Society, Number 14. Published by the Josselyn Botanical Society. (available upon request)