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Museum of Southwestern Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Phil Tonne
UNM Herbarium
Castetter Hall Room 1480
219 Yale Blvd. NE
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Timothy K. Lowrey

Timothy K. Lowrey Curator and Professor

Museum of Southwestern Biology

Ph.D. 1981 - Botany, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation: Biosystematic Revision of Hawaiian Tetramolopium.

M.S. 1977 - Biology, Utah State University

Thesis: Comparative anatomy of several sections in the genus Polygonum.

B.S. 1974 - Botany, Utah State University

Research Interests

The main focus of my research is on biosystematic and molecular studies of the Asteraceae, particularly on Tetramolopium and related genera in Australasia and the Pacific. I am also interested in the Asteraceae of the southwestern US. For example, I wrote the treatment of the Asteraceae for the Flora Neomexica Vol. III published in 2012.

Courses Taught

Biology 463- Flora of New Mexico (Fall Semesters)

Biology 461- Tropical Biology (Spring Semesters)


The Astereae Working Group

Recent Publications

Boykin, L.M., L.S. Kubatko, and T.K. Lowrey. 2010.  Comparison of methods for rooting phylogenetic trees: A case study using Orcuttieae (Poaceae: Chloridoideae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54: 687–700.

Brouillet L., A. A. Anderberg, G.L. Nesom, T.K. Lowrey and L.E. Urbatsch. 2009. Welwitschiella is a member of the African subtribe Grangeinae(Asteraceae Astereae): a new phylogenetic position based on ndhF and ITS sequence data. KEW BULLETIN Vol. 64: 645660.

Crawford, D.  J., T.K. Lowrey, G.J. Anderson, G. Bernardello, A. Santos-Guerra, and T.F. Stuessy. 2009. Genetic diversity in the colonizing ancestors of Asteraceae endemic to oceanic islands: Baker’s Law and polyploidy.  In, Evolution and Systematics of the Compositae. Funk, V., T. Stuesssy, A. Susanna, and R. Bayer eds. IAPT,  University of Vienna.

Brouillet, L.,  T.K. Lowrey, L. Urbatsch, V. Karaman, G. Sancho, S. Wagstaff, and J.C. Semple. 2009.  Phylogeny and evolution of the Astereae (Asteraceae). In: Systematics, Evolution, and Biogeography of the Compositae. Funk, V., T. Stuesssy, A. Susanna, and R. Bayer eds. IAPT, University of Vienna.

Cartron, J.L., D.C. Lightfoot, J.E. Mygatt, S.L. Brantley, and T.K. Lowrey. 2008.  Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque.  University of New Mexico Press.

Boykin, L., W. Pockman, and T.K. Lowrey. 2008.  Leaf anatomy of Orcuttieae (Poaceae;Chloridoideae): More evidence of C4 photosynthesis without Kranz anatomy.  Madrono 55: 143-150.

Porras-Alfaro, A., J. Herrera, R.L. Sinsabaugh, K.J. Odenbach, T.K. Lowrey, and D.O. Natvig. 2008.  Novel root fungal consortium associated with a dominant desert grass. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74:2805-2813.

Sigstedt S.C., C.J. Hooten, M.C. Callewaert, A.R. Jenkins, A.E. Romero, M.J. Pullin, A. Kornienk, T.K. Lowrey, S.V. Slambrouck, and W.F. Steelant.  2008. Evaluation of aqueous extracts of Taraxacum officinale on growth and invasion of breast and prostate cancer cells. Int J Oncology. 32(5):1085-90.

Lowrey, T.K., R. Whitkus, and W.R. Sykes. 2005. A new species of Tetramolopium (Asteraceae) from the Cook Islands: Biogeography, phylogenetic relationships and dispersal. Systematic Botany. 30: 448-455.

Duran, K., T.K. Lowrey, R. Parmenter, and P.O. Lewis. 2005. Genetic diversity in Chihuahuan Desert populations of creosotebush (Zygophyllaceae: Larrea tridentata (DC.) Coville). American Journal of Botany. 92: 722-729.