Jimmy Triplett, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
144 Martin Hall


JSU Herbarium

Dr. Triplett is a botanist, taxonomist, and evolutionary biologist. He received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University and completed post-doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Missouri-St. Louis before joining JSU in 2010. His research focuses on the evolution of grasses, including bamboo, and the role of hybridization and polyploidy in plant diversification. Dr. Triplett is also the curator of the JSU Herbarium, a collection of more than 70,000 plant specimens. He has conducted field work in the US and across Southeast Asia. Dr. Triplett collaborates with diverse faculty at JSU, including inter-disciplinary projects in Art and History. In his spare time, he plays Appalachian fiddle tunes and studies Japanese.

Jimmy Triplett

Courses Taught

  • BY 101 Introductory Biology I
  • BY 102 Introductory Biology II
  • BY 105 Honors Biology I
  • BY 106 Honors Biology II
  • BY 121 Essentials of Biology
  • BY 322 Genetics
  • BY 330 Field Botany
  • BY 409 Forensic Botany
  • BY 418 Medical Botany
  • BY 422 Biology of Cryptogams
  • BY 440 Evolutionary Biology
  • BY 452 Plant Taxonomy
  • BY 453 Dendrology
  • BY 474 BioDesign Challenge
  • BY 475 Economic Botany
  • BY 533 Advanced Plant Biology
  • BY 542 Biodiversity
  • BY 546 Seminar in Molecular Genetics
  • BY 575 Seminar in Genetics


  • Ph. D. in Botany, Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology from Iowa State University in 2008.
  • B.A. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1990

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