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Abigail Moore, PhD

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Abigail Moore, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Plant Biology


 

Robert Bebb Herbarium
208 George Lynn Cross Hall
770 Van Vleet Oval
Norman, OK 73019

abigail.j.moore@ou.edu

Education:

B.S., Biology, University of Utah, 2004
Ph. D., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
Postdocs,  University of Mainz, 2011-2013, Brown University, 2013-2016

 


Research areas:

Plant Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecological Diversification, Phylogenomics, Plant Systematics

Research interests:
I study how plants adapt to live in different environments, using DNA and RNA sequence data. Looking at sequences of genes involved in adaptation allows us to look for the specific mutations changes that have allowed a plant to optimize its physiology for its current habitat. We can also see how those important genes have been shared by hybridization between species. Looking at changes in the DNA that do not influence how proteins are made (synonymous substitutions or changes in non-coding regions of the DNA) lets us understand how species growing in different habitats are related to one another and how populations have changed in size and mixed through time. Although I have worked in various places throughout the world, I am particularly interested in studying the rich flora of Oklahoma and surrounding states, with their varied habitats and strong precipitation gradient.

Relevant publications:

Thulin, M., A. Larsson, E. J. Edwards, and A. J. Moore.  2018.  Phylogeny and systematics of Kewa (Kewaceae).  Systematic Botany 43:689–700.

Goolsby, E. W., A. J. Moore, L. P. Hancock, J. M. de Vos, and E. J. Edwards.  2018.  Molecular evolution of key metabolic genes during transitions to C4 and CAM photosynthesis.  American Journal of Botany. 105:602–613.

Hancock, L. P., F. Obbens, A. J. Moore, K. Thiele, J. M. de Vos, J. West, J. A. M. Holtum, and E. J. Edwards.  2018.  Phylogeny, evolution, and biogeographic history of Calandrinia (Montiaceae).  American Journal of Botany.  105:1021–1034.

Moore, A. J., J. M. de Vos, L. P. Hancock, E. Goolsby, and E. J. Edwards.  2018.  Targeted enrichment of large gene families for phylogenetic inference: Phylogeny and molecular evolution of photosynthesis genes in the portullugo Caryophyllales.  Systematic Biology.67:367–383.Moore, A. J., J. M. de Vos, L. P. Hancock, E. Goolsby, and E. J. Edwards. In Press. Targeted enrichment of large gene families for phylogenetic inference: Phylogeny and molecular evolution of photosynthesis genes in the portullugo Caryophyllales. Systematic Biology.

Moore, A. J., F. J. Valtueña, M. S. Dillenberger, J. W. Kadereit, and C. D. Preston. 2017. Intraspecific haplotype diversity in Cherleria sedoides L. (Caryophyllaceae) is best explained by chloroplast capture from an extinct species. Alpine Botany. 127:171–183.

Moore, A. J. and M. S. Dillenberger. 2017. A conspectus of the genus Cherleria (Minuartia s.l., Caryophyllaceae).  Willdenowia 47:5-14

Moore, A. J., W. L. Moore, and B. G. Baldwin. 2014. Genetic and ecotypic differentiation in a Californian plant polyploid complex (Grindelia, Asteraceae). PLoS ONE 9(4): e95656.

Moore, A. J., D. Merges, and J. W. Kadereit. 2013. The origin of the serpentine endemic Minuartia laricifolia subsp. ophiolitica by vicariance and competitive exclusion. Molecular Ecology 22:2218-2231.

Moore, A. J. and J. W. Kadereit. 2013. The evolution of substrate differentiation in Minuartia series Laricifoliae (Caryophyllaceae) in the European Alps: in situ origin or repeated colonization? American Journal of Botany. 100:2412-2425.

Moore, A. J. 2012. Grindelia. Pp. 336-337 in B. G. Baldwin et al. (eds.), The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, ed. 2. University of California Press, Berkeley.

 Moore, A. J., A. Bartoli, R. D. Tortosa, and B. G. Baldwin. 2012. Phylogeny, biogeography, and chromosome evolution of the amphitropical genus Grindelia (Asteraceae) inferred from nuclear ribosomal and chloroplast sequence data. Taxon 61:211-230.