Guest Speaker: Alan Prather, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Plant Biology and Director of the Herbarium at Michigan State University "Polyploidy Drives Morphological, Ecological, and Genetic Diversity in Southwestern Phlox Species" Dr. Alan Prather is an Associate professor of Plant Biology and Director of the Herbarium at Michigan State University. His current research focuses on how polyploidy, or having extra sets of chromosomes, drives diversity in morphology, ecology, and population genetics of native species of Phlox in the southwestern United States. He is a native Oklahoman. From 1983-1987 he attended the University of Tulsa and graduated from the Department of Biology. After finishing at TU, he received his MS from Oklahoma State University and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his current position, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Irvine.