Nicholas Goldsmith

Summer 2011 Team Echinacea


B.S., Plant Biology, Purdue University, 2008 – 2012

Ph.D., Ecology Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, 2012 –


Research Interests

I am examining the interactions between the diploid Echinacea angustifolia and the polyploid Echinacea pallida. Through reciprocal crosses I hope to gain a better understand of the effect of planting Echinacea pallida in restorations near native Echinacea angustifolia, as well as learn more about the age of the self-incompatibility system.


I am broadly interested in how plants are affected by human actions. People have changed their environment, and thus the environment of the organisms around them. These changes include extreme fragmentation that has occurred in the prairie due to conversion to agriculture. I am also interested in conservation, urban ecology, environmental and social justice, GIS, and polyploidy.