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Ashley Earley

Graduate Student
4604 Miller Plant Sciences
4906 Miller Plant Sciences
Research Interests:

My research is focused on determining the variation in leaf traits across cultivated and wild Helianthus annuus (sunflower). To do this I analyzed stomatal and vein traits for lines that encompass the diversity of cultivated sunflower and I used that data to look at the genetic basis of these traits. Then I will look at how these traits determine performance under drought and how the variation across wild sunflowers is associated with environmental variables.


2020 Graduate School Travel Grant - to travel to Gordon Research Conference -> Not awarded - conference being cancelled due to COVID-19
2018 PBIO Supplemental Funding - to travel to Gordon Research Conference and Seminar in Vermont
2018 Alan Jaworski Grant - to travel to Gordon Research Conference and Seminar in Vermont

Dissertation/Thesis Title:
Phenotypic and genetic variation in leaf traits and their significance in Helianthus annuus L.

2016 Admission to the PhD Program in the Plant Biology Department at the University of Georgia

2015 A.B. Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Events featuring Ashley Earley
virtual (email for Zoom link)

"Leaf anatomical trait variation and plasticity in cultivated and wild sunflower (Helianthus annuus)"

Major Professor

John M. Burke

Distinguished Research Professor & Department Head

Committee Members

Katrien Devos

Distinguished Research Professor

Lisa A. Donovan

Distinguished Research Professor Emerita

Andrea Sweigart

Courtesy Faculty in Plant Biology

External Committee

Dr. Marc van Iersel, Vincent J. Dooley Professor in Horticulture at UGA

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