- Associate Dean and Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Marty Wojciechowski is an evolutionary biologist who studies plant evolution, specifically plant evolutionary relationships, biogeographic and ecological distributions, and rates of molecular evolution and species diversification.
He uses molecular data and phylogenetic approaches to study processes that cause diversity. He also studies evolutionary patterns seen in morphological, developmental and genetic elements in plants. He and his lab group use primarily chloroplast and nuclear gene sequences along with bioinformatic tools to estimate the nature and rates of evolutionary change over millions of years.
HIs current research focuses mainly on the systematics and evolution of the diverse legume family of flowering plants (Leguminosae), which includes species such as peas, beans, alfalfa, clovers, locoweeds, acacias, mesquites, and paloverdes — all agriculturally and ecologically important. Recently, his work has expanded into the genomics of cacti with an emphasis on the columnar species of North America. He collaborates with an international team of researchers. He is also the legume family editor for The Jepson Manual, Vascular Plants of California (Univ. California Press, 2012). He has recently begun working on the genomics of cacti (Cactaceae).
- PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Colorado-Greeley, 1981
- BS (magna cum laude), Botany, Northern Michigan University, 1975
Dugan, L. E., M. F. Wojciechowski and L. R. Landrum. 2007. A large-scale plant survey: Efficient vouchering with identification through morphology and DNA analysis. Taxon 56(4):1238-1244. (link )
Dugan, L., L. R. Landrum, C. Gries, M. F. Wojciechowski and D. Hope. 2006. A system for creating, storing, and identifying plant voucher specimens from a large sampling area. Poster presented at the 19 January 2006 CAP LTER 8th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )
Dugan, L., J. S. Walker, C. Gries, M. F. Wojciechowski and L. R. Landrum. 2006. The effects of urbanization on plant species richness in and around a rapidly growing desert city. Poster presented at the 6-11 August 2006 91st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Memphis, TN.