James Eckhardt

Echinacea Project 2016

Rising junior biology major at Gustavus graduating in 2017.

Research Interests

I am excited to be a part of Echinacea Project this summer. I look forward to learning more about the impact habitat fragmentation has on the genetic diversity and fitness of Echinacea Angustifolia and how various phenotypes caused by inbreeding compound to impact fitness.


I am from White Bear Lake, Minnesota and have lived in both Austin, Texas and Saint Mary’s, Montana. At Gustavus, I enjoy studying plant biology and statistics as well as researching the underground longevity of Botrychium gametophytes and gammae.  In my spare time, I enjoy doing most anything in the outdoors including sailing, backpacking, hiking mountains, cross country skiing and biking.




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