Michael L Moody

Michael L Moody
University of Texas at El Paso | UTEP · Department of Biological Sciences

PhD

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Land plants first evolved from freshwater algae, and flowering plants returned to water as early as the Cretaceous and multiple times subsequently. Alismatales is the largest clade of aquatic angiosperms including all marine angiosperms, as well as terrestrial plants. We used Alismatales to explore plant adaptations to aquatic environments by analy...
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Global climate change has resulted in geographic range shifts of flora and fauna at a global scale. Extreme environments, like the Arctic, are seeing some of the most pronounced changes. This region covers 14% of the Earth's land area, and while many arctic species are widespread, understanding ecotypic variation at the genomic level will be import...
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The response of plant leaf and root phenology and biomass in the Arctic to global change remains unclear due to the lack of synchronous measurements of above- and belowground parts. Our objective was to determine the phenological dynamics of the above- and belowground parts of Eriophorum vaginatum in the Arctic and its response to warming. We estab...
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The effect of climate change on phenology and growth is less understood for belowground plant tissues than for aboveground plant tissues, particularly in high-latitude regions. Ecotypes within a species adapted to a locality may display different responses to climate change. We established two common garden plots in the Arctic tundra north of the B...
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Phenology of arctic plants is an important determinant of the pattern of carbon uptake and may be highly sensitive to continued rapid climate change. Eriophorum vaginatum has a disproportionate influence over ecosystem processes in moist acidic tundra, but it is unclear whether its growth and phenology will remain competitive in the future. We aske...
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The angiosperm genus Gonocarpus (Haloragaceae) is an enigmatic group of herbs and shrubs that occurs primarily in Australia (36/41 spp.) with four species ranging into New Zealand and/or Asia. Much of Gonocarpus diversity is found in the Southwest Australian Floristic Region (SWAFR), an international biodiversity hotspot, where several species are...
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A key question in biology is the predictability of the evolutionary process. If we can correctly predict the outcome of evolution, we may be better equipped to anticipate and manage species’ adaptation to climate change, habitat loss, invasive species, or emerging infectious diseases, as well as improve our basic understanding of the history of lif...
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Tussock cottongrass (Eriophorum vaginatum) is a foundation species for much of the arctic moist acidic tundra, which is currently experiencing extreme effects of climate change. The Arctic is facing higher summer temperatures and extreme weather events are becoming more common. We used Illumina RNA-Seq to analyse cDNA libraries for differential exp...
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The response of vegetation to climate change has implications for the carbon cycle and global climate. It is frequently assumed that a species responds uniformly across its range to climate change. However, ecotypes—locally adapted populations within a species—display differences in traits, which may affect their gross primary productivity (GPP) an...
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Ecotypic differentiation in the tussock-forming sedge Eriophorum vaginatum has led to the development of populations that are locally adapted to climate in Alaska's moist tussock tundra. As a foundation species, E. vaginatum plays a central role in providing topographic and microclimatic variation essential to these ecosystems, but a changing clima...
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Landscape features and life-history traits affect gene flow, migration and drift to impact on spatial genetic structure of species. Understanding this is important for managing genetic diversity of threatened species. This study assessed the spatial genetic structure of the rare riparian Grevillea sp. Cooljarloo (Proteaceae), which is restricted to...
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Eriophorum vaginatum is a tussock-forming sedge that contributes significantly to the structure and primary productivity of moist acidic tussock tundra. Locally adapted populations (ecotypes) have been identified across the geographical distribution of E. vaginatum; however, little is known about how their growth and phenology differ over the cours...
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The molecular mechanisms responsible for plant adaptations to aquatic habitats remain poorly known. In this study, we aimed to detect selection on orthologous genes among the submerged aquatic plant Ranunculus bungei, semi-aquatic R. sceleratus, and terrestrial R. brotherusii and R. cantoniensis, in order to identify candidate genes involved in the...
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Premise of the study: Using phylogeographic analyses to determine the geographic origins of biological invaders is important for identifying environmental adaptations and genetic composition in their native range as well as biocontrol agents among indigenous herbivores. Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and its hybrid with northern wat...
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Adaptation to aquatic habitats is a formidable challenge for terrestrial angiosperms that has long intrigued scientists. As part of a suite of work to explore the molecular mechanism of adaptation to aquatic habitats, we here sequenced the transcriptome of the submerged aquatic plant Ranunculus bungei, and two terrestrial relatives R. cantoniensis...
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The angiosperm genus Gonocarpus (Haloragaceae) is a relatively poorly known group with high levels of local endemism throughout its range. It occurs primarily in Australia (34/37 spp.) with six species ranging into New Zealand and/or Asia. Much of Gonocarpus diversity is found in the southwest Western Australia International Biodiversity Hotspot wh...
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The Angiosperm genus Gonocarpus (Haloragaceae) is a relatively poorly known group with high levels of local endemism throughout its range. It occurs primarily in Australia (34/37 spp.) with six species ranging into New Zealand and/or Asia. Much of Gonocarpus diversity is found in the southwest Western Australia International Biodiversity hotspot wh...
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A set of 12 polymorphic microsatellite markers were developed for Grevillea thelemanniana subsp. thelemanniana, a rare and threatened shrub, endemic to southwest Western Australia. Genomic sequences were obtained from next generation (454) sequencing in the target species. Primer pairs for a total of 30 microsatellite loci were designed from these...
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The annual sunflowers (Helianthus sect. Helianthus) present a formidable challenge for phylogenetic inference because of ancient hybrid speciation, recent introgression, and suspected issues with deep coalescence. Here we analyze sequence data from 11 nuclear DNA (nDNA) genes for multiple genotypes of species within the section to (1) reconstruct t...
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Genetic variation is increasingly recognized as an important factor influencing the establishment and spread of introduced species, and depends on both the introduction history and partitioning of genetic variation within and among potential source populations. We examine patterns of genetic variation in native and introduced populations of variabl...
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The new species Myriophyllum jacobsii (previously recognised variously as M. crispatum, M. simulans, and M. variifolium) is described from southeast Queensland. This species is distinguished from these other taxa primarily by comparably extreme emergent leaf length and novelty in transitional leaves (basal leaves of the emergent stem with pinnae or...
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Few data on floral development and morphology are available for the monotypic Australian genus Davidsonia. New data on floral form and development are presented for Davidsonia, and comparisons are made to allied clades. Phylogenetic analysis allies Davidsonia with core Cunoniaceae. Flower maturation on each branch of the cauliflorous inflorescences...
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The angiosperm genus Myriophyllum (Haloragaceae) is among the most species-rich genera of aquatic core-eudicots. Myriophyllum has a cosmopolitan distribution with its center of diversity in Australia (> 37 endemics). The widespread invasive species of the genus (M. aquaticum, M. heterophyllum, and M. spicatum) have drawn attention from internationa...
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The development of eight polymorphic microsatellite markers for use in the Australian native legume Cullen australasicum is described. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 3 to 8. Observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.208 to 0.667. The cross-species amplification of these eight markers and a ninth marker, which is monomorphic in the populati...
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Aponogeton is an important genus whose species are cultivated widely as ornamental aquatic plants. Although a fairly recent monograph has been published, the genus remains poorly studied systematically. We conducted a phylogenetic survey of Aponogeton that focused on relationships among the nine native Australian species as well as their relationsh...
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Previous taxonomic treatments of the family Zosteraceae in Australia/New Zealand have recognized Heterozostera tasmanica (monotypic) and four Zostera species all belonging to subgenus Zosterella: Z. capricorni, Z. muelleri, Z. mucronata, Z. novazelandica. Zostera has always been taxonomically problematic in Australia, where researchers have express...
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Morphology, species delimitation, and interspecific relationships were evaluated in a phylogenetic context in the aquatic monocotyledon genus Vallisneria using a combination of morphological and molecular (nrITS, rbcL, trnK 5′ intron) data. Contrary to previous studies that recognized few species worldwide, we distinguished 12 species by molecular...
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1 , D. H. LES ABSTRACT The correct identification of both invasive and native aquatic plants is crucial for effective aquatic plant manage- ment. Incorrect identification of the plants in our aquatic sys- tems can lead to inadvertent outcomes such as eradicating native species or applying ineffective control strategies. While this practice may appe...
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Natural hybridization accompanied by a shift in niche preference by hybrid genotypes can lead to hybrid speciation. Natural selection may cause the fixation of advantageous alleles in the ecologically diverged hybrids, and the loci experiencing selection should exhibit a reduction in allelic diversity relative to neutral loci. Here, we analyzed pat...
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The poorly known Haloragaceae R. Br. (Saxifragales) are highly diverse in habit (small trees to submerged aquatics) and labile in floral merosity (2-4), both uncommon among the core eudicots. This family has a cosmopolitan distribution, but taxonomic diversity is concentrated in Australia. An explicit phylogenetic approach has not previously been u...
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The recent recognition of invasive hybrid watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum × M. sibiricum) in North America has necessitated a more thorough evaluation of its overall distribution and occurrence in natural populations. A comprehensive survey of watermilfoil populations was conducted in five Minnesota lakes, three of which were suspected a priori...