User:Lindsay V. Clark

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Research and Personal Info

Lindsay V. Clark

I'm a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Genetics Graduate Group at UC Davis, and a member of the Jasieniuk lab in the Department of Plant Sciences. My research interest is in the evolution of invasiveness in plants through hybridization. My study organism is Himalayan blackberry, an introduced species from Europe is highly invasive on the West Coast and is known to hybridize with native and other introduced species.

I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004, having majored in Genetics, Cell & Developmental Biology and minored in Chemistry. From June 2002 to June 2004 I did my undergraduate thesis research in Thomas Jack's lab, where I worked on developing knockout mutants for a gene family putatively involved in floral development in Arabidopsis.

From November 2004 - July 2006 I worked at the Grape Genetics Research Unit in Geneva, NY. Under the direction of Amanda Garris, I worked on gene cloning and QTL mapping towards an understanding of light detection and winter dormancy in grapevine.

In my spare time I enjoy playing trombone, knitting, and spending time outdoors. I am a native of Southern Maine, and am having a good time in California but am not entirely seduced by the weather yet.

Contact: email

Surrounded by my prickly nemesis.


Amanda Garris, Lindsay Clark, Chris Owens, Steven McKay, James Luby, Kathy Mathiason, and Anne Fennell (2009) "Mapping of Photoperiod-Induced Growth Cessation in the Wild Grape Vitis riparia Michx." Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science (in press).


  • Plant Sciences Departmental Research Assistantship
  • Jastro-Shields Research Grant
  • Department of Plant Sciences Graduate Student Travel Award


  • “Hybridization of native and invasive blackberries in California” at UC Davis Weed Day, July 17, 2008


  • “Hybridization between invasive and native blackberries (Rubus) in California” at California Invasive Plant Council Symposium, October 2-4, 2008.
  • "Hybridization Between Native And Introduced Rubus In California And The Pacific Northwest" at Plant and Animal Genome XVIII, January 9-13, 2010.

Teaching experience

  • Associate Instructor, Plant Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory, UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, Summer 2009
  • Teaching assistant, Principles of Genetics Laboratory, UC Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Winter 2010
  • Teaching assistant, Genes and Gene Expression, UC Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Fall 2009
  • Teaching assistant, Human Heredity, UC Davis Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Spring 2007, Spring 2009
  • Teaching assistant, Plant Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory, UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, Winter 2009
  • Undergraduate teaching assistant, Molecular Biology Lab, Dartmouth College Department of Biological Sciences, Summer 2003