Eric Roalson

Eric H. Roalson – Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, 2014–Present. Director, The George E. Hudson Biological Reserve at Smoot Hill, 2012–Present. Associate Professor, SBS, WSU, 2007–2014. Senior Research Fellow, McBryde Research Endowment for Hawaiian and Pacific Botany, The National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalaheo, Hawaii, 2007. Assistant Professor, SBS, WSU, 2001–2007. Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Evolution, Laboratory of Molecular Systematics, Department of Systematic Biology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 2000–2001. B.S. (Rangeland Ecology and Management) Texas A&M University. M.S. (Range Science) New Mexico State University. Ph.D. (Botany) Claremont Graduate University and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Research Interests – Phylogenetic systematics and diversification of angiosperms, especially Cyperaceae, Gesneriaceae, and Cleomaceae; historical biogeography; evolution of C4 photosynthesis; revisionary systematics. Field experience: Brazil, Canada, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico, Peru, continental USA.

Teaching Interests – Systematic Botany, Introductory Biology, Writing in Biology, Phylogenetic Methods.

BSA Service – Chair, Systematics Section (2008–2010).

American Society of Plant Taxonomists Service – Webmaster and Chair, Website Committee (2006–2013); Editor, Newsletter (2008–2013); Member, Internet Communications Committee, (2005); Member, Membership Committee, (2003–2005).

International Association of Plant Taxonomists Service – Associate Editor, Taxon (2015–Present).

California Botanical Society Service – Board of Editors, Madroño (2010–2013).

The Gesneriad Society Service – Scholarship Committee Chair, Nellie Sleeth Scholarship Endowment Fund, (2014–Present); Scholarship Committee Member, Nellie Sleeth Scholarship Endowment Fund (2011–2013).

National Science Foundation Service – Panel member: 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014.

Graduate & Undergraduate Student Education: Mentor to 5 Doctoral students with completed degrees; Mentor to 2 M.S. students with completed degrees; Mentor to 3 undergraduate honor’s students with completed degrees.