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 Neil W. Snow, Ph.D.

Neil W. Snow, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Botany; Director, T.M. Sperry Herbarium
Discipline/Specialization: Plant systematics, plant identification, herbarium management
Department of Biology
Office: 302 Heckert-Wells Hall
Phone: 620-235-4424

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Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

Courses Taught

BIOL 111 General Biology
BIOL 212 Principles of Biology II
BIOL 548 Taxonomy of Vascular Plants
BIOL 602 Medical Botany
BIOL 602 Invasive Species Management
BIOL 730 Evolution


  • Botany
  • Field biology 
  • Ecology

Areas of Interest

Research Interests
I am a plant systematist with broad interests in plant biodiversity.

Our collective knowledge of plant biodiversity remains woefully incomplete. This reality is exemplified by the discovery by botanists each year of about 2000 new species worldwide. My research interests have focused primarily in four areas. Many opportunities exist for highly motivated and self-driven students in these areas.

The first focal area is the systematics of the Myrtle Family (Myrtaceae), which includes Eucalyptus, Guava and many other fascinating plants. Working frequently with colleagues and students the past two decades, I have described 4 new genera and about 75 new species from Australia, New Caledonia, New Guinea, and Madagascar. (Example:http://www.mapress.com/phytotaxa/content/2012/f/pt00048p060.pdf)

The second is the Grass Family (Poaceae). Current work is focusing on taxonomic treatments of genera formerly included in Leptochloa in collaboration with Drs. Paul Peterson (Curator of Grasses at the Smithsonian Institution) and Konstantin Romaschenko (Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine). (Example:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3391715/)

The third emphasis has been floristic inventories.  Previous surveys were focused in Rocky Mountain states (e.g., see Schiebout et al. 2008 on c.v., ) but current local projects include floristic survey work in Cherokee and Crawford counties by graduate student Sam Young, and river bottomland surveying in northeast Oklahoma by Sterling May, Jr. and Karen Stoehr.

Fourth, I was recently appointed Director of the Sperry Herbarium, an important regional and historical collection of vascular plants and bryophytes. We will be working to: 1) upgrade and update the collections taxonomically; 2) make the collections more accessible (and thus more useful) to a wider variety of users regionally, nationally and internationally; and 3) convert much of herbarium's data to readily accessible formats on-line.

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