James McDaniel

James L. McDaniel – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow & Dissertator, Department of Botany (Kenneth M. Cameron Lab), University of Wisconsin-Madison. B.S. (Biology) Lynchburg College; Ph.D. (Botany), University of Wisconsin-Madison (pending).

Research Interests – Molecular systematics and evolution of flowering plants, particularly the Neotropical orchid genus Porroglossum including phylogenetics, kinematics through high-speed videography, and GC-MS fragrance analysis. Field experience: Ecuador, continental USA.

Teaching Interests – Introductory Botany (General Laboratory).

Honors – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013-present; National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2016.

BSA Service: PLANTS Program, Peer Mentor, 2012-present. Applying to Graduate School: Tips for Success Workshop, Panelist, 2014 & 2015.

Undergraduate Student Education: Peer Mentor to 4 undergraduate students with completed degrees; 2 of which have received NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship.