Will Reed

Echinacea Project 2016

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior & Plant Biology, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities 2018

Research Interests

This will be my third summer with the Echinacea Project, in past years I have investigated methods for increasing pollen longevity and the heritability of flowering time and duration in Echinacea angustifolia. I am very interested in using quantitative genetic methods to investigate traits in long-lived perennials and learning how local adaptation affects prairie species and overall prairie health.  This summer I am looking forward to working with the demography and surveying aspects of the project.


I am from Alexandria, MN about 20 miles from the research site.  In my spare time I enjoy doing things outdoors; fly-fishing, biking, hiking and kayaking are a few of my favorites! I also enjoy taking photo’s of the plants that we encounter during our field work. I am very excited to be back with the project this summer and I can’t wait to get started



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