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Jimmy K. Triplett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Curator, JSU Herbarium
Department of Biology, 144B Martin Hall
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Rd. Jacksonville, AL 36265
Tel: 256.782.5215
E-mail: jtriplett@jsu.edu

Education

Iowa State University, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology
2002-2008. Ph.D.: Botany. Dissertation title: Phylogenetic history of the temperate bamboos in East Asia and North America. 

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Biology
Bachelor of Arts, May 1990. Cum Laude. Graduate of the Honors Program.
Honors thesis title: Lamina architecture and anatomy in the Heliconiaceae and Musaceae

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor and JSU Herbarium Curator, 2010-Present. Department of Biology, Jacksonville State University, AL. Instruction and research in biology and systematic botany.

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2010. Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History.

Project title: Exploring reticulate evolution and biogeography in the temperate bamboos of East Asia and eastern North America utilizing nuclear sequence data. Co-advisors: Jun Wen and Paul Peterson.

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2008-2009. University of Missouri-St. Louis. Project title: Diversity among relatives of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum).  Advisor: Elizabeth A. Kellogg.

Research Assistant, 2005-2007. Iowa State University. Project title: Phylogeny and classification of the woody bamboos (NSF 0515828). Supervisor: Lynn Clark

Research Technician – Plant Ecological Genetics, 1990-1992. Wake Forest University, Dept. of Biology; University of Chicago, Department of Ecology and Evolution. Supervisor: Ellen Simms.

Student Independent Researcher, Summer 1990. Wake Forest University, Department of Biology.

SURE Program. Project Title: Interactions between the tall morning glory and its phytophages.

Advisor: Ellen Simms.

Grants and Programming Coordinator, 1996-2002. Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College, WV. Grants Writer: average annual budget over $100,000 (Sources include NEA, NEH, WV Division of Culture & History); Administrative Coordinator for educational programming in arts and regional heritage, including youth outreach in rural West Virginia.

Awards, Fellowships, Grants, and Honors
  • National Science Foundation, “CSBR: Natural History Collections: A Hidden Treasure in Northeastern Alabama - Revitalizing the Jacksonville State University Herbarium” ($392,384, 2012-2015)
  • Faculty Research Grant, Jacksonville State University ($2992, 2012-2013)
  • Travel Grant, Jacksonville State University ($750, 2012)
  • Travel Grant, Jacksonville State University ($559, 2012)
  • Research Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History ($17,600, 2011)
  • Faculty Research Grant, Jacksonville State University ($2998, 2011-2012)
  • Faculty Research Award, Jacksonville State University (2010-2011)
  • Travel Grant, “Mathematical Biology: Beyond Calculus” MAA PREP workshop ($500, 2011)
  • Travel Grant, Jacksonville State University ($650, 2011)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History ($30,000, 2010)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Biology Department, University of Missouri-St. Louis ($54,000, 2008-2009)
  • Lawrence Memorial Award, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation ($2000, 2007-2008)
  • Graduate Research Grant, American Society of Plant Taxonomists. “Systematics of the Arundinaria Complex (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) in the Southeastern U.S. and East Asia” ($1000, 2005-2006)
  • Research Grant, American Bamboo Society. “The origin of our native bamboo: exploring the evolutionary history of Arundinaria in the US” ($2000, 2005-2006)
  • East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Research Fellowship, NSF/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Kyoto University, Japan ($3000, 6/04-5/05; Host lab: Dr. Noriaki Murakami)
  • Richard W. Pohl Fellowship, Iowa State University ($500, 5/05)
  • Premium of Academic Excellence (PACE) Award, Iowa State Univ. (Partial Tuition, 2002-2004)
  • Travel Award, Southern California Chapter of the American Bamboo Society ($300, 10/03)
  • Travel Award, ISU Professional Advancement Grant ($240, 3/03)
  • Grant-In-Aid, Sigma Xi Science Society, Cornell University, ($310, 4/93)
  • Young Botanist Recognition Award, Botanical Society of America
  • Student Excellence Award, UNCG Honors Council
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, UNCG
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, UNCG

    Teaching Experience

    Lecture Positions

    2010-Present  

    Plant Taxonomy, Introductory Biology I and II, Honors Biology I and II, Genetics, Introduction to Research, Biodiversity, Evolutionary Biology, Advanced Plant Biology, Field Botany, Jacksonville State University.

    2006                Plant Anatomy, Iowa State University. Guest Lecturer.

    2005                Plant Taxonomy, Iowa State University. Guest Lecturer in course taught by R. Wallace. Presented lectures on select families of flowering plants, including overviews of phylogenetic relationships and morphological characters.

    2002-2003       Field Botany, Iowa State University. Fully organized and executed a semester long course (2 contact hours per week); developed course syllabus; delivered lectures; led field trips and developed labs, three lecture exams and one lab practical (2 semesters).

    1998-1999       Concepts in Biology, Davis & Elkins College, WV. Fully organized and executed a semester long course with laboratory (6 contact hours per week). The curriculum was specifically designed to engage non-majors in science (3 semesters).

     

    Graduate Teaching Assistantships 

    2004               

    Dendrology, Iowa State University. Organized and facilitated laboratory sections; assisted in writing and grading laboratory exams and projects (2 semesters).

    2003-2004       Plant Taxonomy, Iowa State University. Fully organized and facilitated laboratory sections; assisted in grading laboratory and lecture exams (2 semesters).

    2002-2003       Principles of Biology, Iowa State University. Organized and executed laboratory sections and field trips, created and graded laboratory practicals, lecture exams, lab reports, and numerous writing assignments project (2 semesters).

    1992-1993       Introductory Biology, Cornell University. Organized and facilitated laboratory sections; graded laboratory and lecture exams (4 semesters).

    Mentoring Experience (All have* or will result in co-authored publications)

    2010-2012    Jesse Jamison, Linda Major, Jennifer Morton, Jayne Lampley, Brian Ingram, Amanda Henderson, Kevin McDonald

    2008-2009    Jinshun Zhong, Aileen Simpson, Kellogg Lab, UMSL

    2007             Yuxiao Zhang*, Visiting Scholar, Kunming Institute of Botany, China

    2007             Kim Oltrogge*, Plant Genomics/Summer Research Experience for Teachers

    2007             Eric Schroder*, Freshman Honors Program

    2007             Ana-Paula Santos-Gonçalves*, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

    2006             Chi-Sing Ho*, Ames High School Student, Plant Genomics Outreach Program

    2006             Alicia Schiller*, Kim Oltrogge*, Plant Genomics Research Experience for Teachers

    Recent Public Outreach and Non-University Teaching Experience

    2009            

    Advanced field identification and an overview of current research in bamboo systematics, American Bamboo Society Annual Conference, Takoma, WA. Invited workshop leader. Presented lectures on molecular phylogenetics for a general audience; designed hands-on activities to introduce methods in phylogenetic analysis, including sequence-alignment, tree-thinking, and character mapping. Designed and led workshops on plant identification and the use and construction of taxonomic keys.

    2007-2008    Bamboo Identification Workshop, Earth Advocates Research Farm, Summertown, TN. Invited workshop leader, two years in a row. Presented lectures on bamboo taxonomy and evolution, facilitated bamboo identification, and led field trips. Participants included professional nurserymen and amateur botanists.

    PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

    * Denotes student co-author under my supervision

    18.

    Triplett, J.K. and L.G. Clark. Hybridization defines major patterns of diversity in the temperate bamboos (Poaceae: Bambusoideae). In review (Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution).

    17. Zhang, Y.-X., J.K. Triplett, and De-Zhu Li. Pseudosasa xishuangbannaensis (Poaceae: Bambusoideae), a new species from Yunnan, China. In review (Brittonia).

    16. Triplett, J.K., Y. Wang, J. Zhong, and E.A. Kellogg. Five nuclear loci resolve the polyploid history of switchgrass and relatives. PLoS ONE. In press.

    15. Bennetzen, J.L. et al. Grass genome structure, evolution and adaptation uncovered by sequence analysis of Setaria. Nature Biotechnology. In press.

    14. Liu, Q., J.K. Triplett, J. Wen, and P.M. Peterson. 2011. Allotetraploid origin and divergence in Eleusine (Chloridoideae, Poaceae): evidence from low-copy nuclear gene phylogenies and a plastid gene chronogram. Annals of Botany 108 (7) 1287–1298

    13. Zeng, C.-X., Y.-X. Zhang*, J.K. Triplett, J.-B. Yang, and D.Z. Li. 2010. Large multi-locus plastid phylogeny of the tribe Arundinarieae (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) reveals ten major lineages and low rate of molecular divergence. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56: 821-839.

    12. Triplett, J.K., K. Oltrogge*, and L.G. Clark. 2010. Phylogenetic relationships and natural hybridization among the North American woody bamboos (Poaceae: Bambusoideae: Arundinaria). American Journal of Botany 97(3): 471–492.

    11. Triplett, J.K. and L.G. Clark. 2010. Phylogeny of the temperate bamboos (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) with an emphasis on Arundinaria and allies. Systematic Botany 35(1): 102–120.

    10. Fisher, A.E., J.K. Triplett, C.-S. Ho*, A.D. Schiller*, K.A. Oltrogge*, E.S. Schroeder*, S.A. Kelchner, and L. G. Clark. Paraphyly in the bamboo subtribe Chusqueinae (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) and a revised infrageneric classification for Chusquea. Systematic Botany 34(4): 673–683.

     9.  Triplett, J.K. and L.G. Clark. 2009. Towards a stable nomenclature for the North American temperate bamboos: Epitypification of Arundo gigantea Walt. and Arundinaria macrosperma Michx. (Poaceae). Castanea 74(3): 207–212.

     8.  Clark, L.G., S. Dransfield, J.K. Triplett, and J.G. Sánchez-Ken. 2007. Phylogenetic relationships among the one-flowered, determinate genera of Bambuseae (Poaceae: Bambusoideae). Aliso 23: 315–332.

     7.  Clark, L.G., C.D. Tyrrell, J.K. Triplett and A.E. Fisher. 2007. A new species of Chusquea sect. Verticillatae (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) from Ecuador. J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 1(2): 847–851.

     6.  Clark, L.G. and J.K. Triplett. 2007. Arundinaria Michx. Flora of North America, Poaceae Vol. 24: 17–20.

     5.  Triplett, J.K., A.S. Weakley, and L.G. Clark. 2006. Hill cane (Arundinaria appalachiana), a new species of bamboo (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) from the southern Appalachian Mountains. SIDA 22 (1): 79–85.

     4.  Triplett, J.K. and L.G. Clark. 2003. Ambiguity and an American bamboo: the Chusquea culeou species complex. Bamboo Science and Culture 17(1): 21–27.

     3.  Simms, E.L. and J.K. Triplett.  1996. Paternal effects in inheritance of a pathogen resistance trait in Ipomoea purpurea. Evolution. 50: 2178–2186.

     2.  Simms, E.L. and J.K. Triplett. 1994. Costs and benefits of plant responses to disease: resistance and tolerance. Evolution.  48: 1973–1985.

     1.  Triplett, J.K. and B.K. Kirchoff. 1991. Lamina architecture and anatomy in the Heliconiaceae and Musaceae (Zingiberales). Canadian Journal of Botany 69: 887–900.

    Representative Manuscripts in Preparation

    Triplett, J.K. (In prep.) A new species of bamboo from the Ryukyu Archipelago. Target Journal: The Journal of Japanese Botany (expected completion, Dec. 2012).

    Triplett, J.K. (In prep.) A monograph of the woody bamboo genus Pleioblastus (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) in East Asia. Target Journal: Systematic Botany Monographs (expected completion, Dec. 2013).

    NON-TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS AND WEB-BASED OUTREACH

    Schiller, A.D., K. Oltrogge,

    J.K. Triplett, and L.G. Clark. 2007. The Species of Chusquea subgenus Rettbergia in Brazil. http://www.eeob.iastate.edu/research/bamboo/keys.html

    Triplett, J.K. and L.G. Clark. 2007. Native and Naturalized Bamboos in the USA. http://www.eeob.iastate.edu/research/bamboo/keys.html

    Bamboo Phylogeny Group. 2006. The Bamboo Phylogeny Project. Bamboo Magazine 27 (6):11-14.

    Triplett, J.K. 2006. Exploring the evolution of cane in North America. Bamboo Magazine. 27 (5): 9-14.

    PRESENTATIONS

    Papers Presented at Professional Meetings

    Triplett J.K.

    , L.G. Clark, J. Wen. 2012. Three nuclear loci resolve the polyploid history of the bamboos. Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Columbus, Ohio.

    Triplett J.K., Jamison, J.W., Wen J. 2012. Introgressive hybridization and the evolution of North American cane bamboos as revealed by nuclear and chloroplast DNA.  Annual Meeting, Alabama Academy of Sciences, Tuskegee, AL.

    Jamison, J.W., and J.K. Triplett. 2012. Introgressive hybridization and the evolution of North American cane bamboos as revealed by nuclear and chloroplast DNA.  Annual Meeting, Academy of Southeastern Biologists, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

    Attigala, L., J.K. Triplett and L.G. Clark. 2011. A new major lineage of the Arundinarieae (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) based on a multi-locus plastid phylogeny. Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, St. Louis, MO.

    Triplett, J.K., L.G. Clark, J. Wen, and P.M. Peterson. 2011. Polyploid speciation on a grand scale: the evolution of the temperate bamboos. Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, St. Louis, MO.

    Triplett, J.K., J. Wen, L.G. Clark, P.M. Peterson, and D.-Z. Li. 2011. Hybridization, polyploidy, and taxonomic confusion: lessons from the temperate bamboos. Annual Meeting, Association of Southeastern Biologists, Huntsville, AL.

    Triplett, J.K. 2011. In step with evolution: a classroom activity on DNA alignment and phylogeny reconstruction. Annual Meeting, Alabama Academy of Sciences, Jacksonville, AL.

    Triplett, J.K., J. Wen,, L.G. Clark. 2011. Plant speciation in the realm of allopolyploids: the curious case of the temperate bamboos. Annual Meeting, Alabama Academy of Sciences, Jacksonville, AL.

    Triplett, J.K., L.G. Clark, J. Wen, P.M. Peterson, and D.-Z. Li. 2010. Reticulate evolution in the temperate bamboos (Poaceae: Bambusoideae: Arundinarieae): evidence from low-copy nuclear gene sequences. Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Providence, RI.

    Viana, P.L., C.D. Tyrrell, J.K. Triplett, L.G. Clark. 2010. Phylogeny of the Arthrostylidiinae: the Glaziophyton clade (Poaceae: Bambusoideae: Bambuseae). Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Providence, RI.

    Triplett, J.K. and L.G. Clark. 2009. Molecular phylogenetics of Pleioblastus sensu stricto (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) and allies in the Japanese Archipelago. Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Snowbird, UT.

    Triplett, J.K., J. Zhong, A. Simpson, E. Kellogg. 2009. Phylogenetic relationships and allopolyploid origins within Panicum sensu stricto (Poaceae: Panicoideae), as inferred from multiple nuclear and plastid loci. Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Snowbird, UT.

    Triplett, J.K. and L.G. Clark. 2008. Intergeneric hybridization in the temperate bamboos (Poaceae: Bambusoideae). Monocots IV and Grasses V Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Triplett, J.K. and L.G. Clark. 2007. Unexpected relationships, morphological homoplasy, and intergeneric hybridization in the phylogeny of north temperate woody bamboos (Poaceae: Bambusoideae). Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Chicago, Il.

    Fisher, Amanda E., J.K. Triplett, C-S Ho, A.D. Schiller, K. Oltrogge, E. Schroder, S.A. Kelchner, and L.G. Clark. 2007. Paraphyly in the bamboo subtribe Chusqueinae (Poaceae: Bambusoideae): a case of systematic error? Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Chicago, Il.

    Triplett, J.K. and L.G. Clark. 2006. Systematics of Pleioblastus and the Arundinaria bamboo complex (Poaceae) in East Asia and North America. Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Chico, Ca.

    Clark, L.G. and J.K. Triplett. 2006. Phylogeny of the Bambusoideae (Poaceae): an update. Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Chico, Ca.

    Triplett, J.K., A.S. Weakley, and L.G. Clark. 2005. Systematics of Arundinaria sensu stricto (Bambusoideae, Poaceae) in North America. Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Austin, Tx.

    Posters Presented at Professional Meetings

    Triplett, J.K

    ., J. Zhong, A. Simpson, E. Kellogg. 2009. The fundamental role of allopolyploidy in plant evolution: examples from the phylogeny of switchgrass and its relatives. Fall Symposium, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO.

    Tyrrell, C.D., J.K. Triplett, A.P. Santos-Gonçalves, X. Londono, L.G. Clark. 2009. Phylogeny, morphological evolution, and generic classification within Arthrostylidiinae (Poaceae: Bambusoideae: Bambuseae). Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Snowbird, UT.

    Tyrrell, C.D., A.P. Santos-Gonçalves, J.K. Triplett, and L.G. Clark. 2008. Polyphyly of the New World fan-branching bamboos (Poaceae: Bambusoideae). Annual Meeting, Botanical Society of America, Chicago, Il.

    Oltrogge, K., J.K. Triplett, and L.G. Clark. 2007. Evidence of natural hybridization and introgression among Arundinaria species (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) in the Southeastern United States. Research Experience for Teachers Symposium, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

    Invited Seminars

    2010            Polyploidy, reticulate evolution, and taxonomic confusion: lessons from the temperate woody bamboos and other grasses. Botany Department, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

    2008            Phylogeny and taxonomy of the genus Arundinaria (Poaceae: Bambusoideae). Annual Meeting, Association of Southeastern Biologists, Spartanburg, SC.

    2008            Hanky-panky in the temperate bamboos: An evolutionary journey with unexpected twists (& trysts!). Annual Meeting, American Bamboo Society, San Francisco, CA.

    2008            Phylogeny of the Temperate Bamboos in East Asia and North America. Biology Department, University of Missouri-St. Louis.

    PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

    Journal and Grant Proposal Referee

    National Science Foundation;

    Systematic Botany; Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; Botany; Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society; Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas; Castanea; Nordic Journal of Botany; Bamboo Science and Culture.

    Academic and Award Services

       Jacksonville State University: Awards Committee, Safety Committee (2010-2011); Iowa State U., Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Faculty Search Committee, (2007).

    Field/Herbarium Experience

    UNITED STATES: Herbarium research at the National Herbarium (Smithsonian Institution), the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Ada Hayden Herbarium of Iowa State University, and the University of North Carolina; collection-based fieldwork in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia (7/05-10/05). Field and greenhouse experiments in ecological genetics (1990-1992). CHINA: Collection-based fieldwork, Southeastern China (4/10-5/10); Western China (5/07-6/07); Herbarium research at Kunming Institute of Botany (5/07); Research and collections at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (6/07). JAPAN: Fieldwork, Northern Honshu and Hokkaido (5/10); Herbarium research at Kyoto and Tokyo Universities, and the Makino Herbarium of Tokyo Metropolitan University (7/04-8/04). Collections in Kyoto Prefecture (8/04); Fieldwork, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Okinawa (1/08-2/08). 

    Professional Memberships

    American Bamboo Society, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Association of Southeastern Biologists, Botanical Society of America, Smithsonian Institution, Society for the Study of Evolution, Society of Herbarium Curators

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