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Mary Ashley

Mary V. Ashley

UIC Biological Sciences, SEL 1031 M/C 067
840 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Office: (312) 413-9700
Lab: (312) 996-9462
Fax: (312) 996-9462 (same as lab)

CV | Publications | Biological Sciences | 2012 UIC Woman of the Year

Local and landscape genetic processes in oaks

Island Oak Several major findings have emerged from our studies of remnant stands of bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) in northeastern Illinois. We have found that wind-dispersed oak pollen often travels long distances, and even acorns from isolated stands are pollinated by trees outstand the stand. High levels of gene flow keep populations reproductively connected across the landscape. Long-distance pollination has also recently been confirmed in California valley oak, Quercus lobata, in work done in collaboration with Walt Koenig. We have also been investigating patterns of hybridization among various white oak species, both in the Midwest and in California. Finally, we are studying conservation genetics questions in threatened species of oaks, including island oak, Quercus tomentella, found only on the California Channel Islands, and Quercus hinckleyi, found only in a few populations
in West Texas.

Sibling Reconstruction

Island Deer Mouse I am collaborating with a team of UIC computer scientists to tackle the problem of reconstructing sibling groups in wild populations using DNA microsatellite data. We have developed efficient computational methods for identifying full siblings and half siblings, without parental data, and assuming only Mendelian inheritance of genetic markers. This work is supported by an NSF grant. We have made these methods available to all researchers via an online software suite called KINALYZER. Please see our Wiki Page for more information.

Additional Projects

Mary and Isabel with Peregrines Conservation of Anacapa Island Deer Mouse (Fusun Ozer)

Conservation and Management of Channel Island Loggerhead Shrike (Isabel Caballero)

Conservation Genetics of Hinckley's Oak (Janet Backs)

Invasion Dynamics of Oriental Bittersweet,
Celatrus orbiculatus (David Zaya)

Conservation genetics of Asclepias langinosa, an endangered milkweed (Eun Sun Kim)

Ashley Lab

Isabel's Party, Nov. 9, 2009

Ashley lab lunch and Sheila's birthday, Lalo's, May 7, 2009

Current Lab Members

Janet Janet in the Field
Janet Backs, Doctoral Student (jbacks@uic.edu)

Percy Jinga, Doctoral Student (pjinga2@uic.edu)

Eun Sun Kim, Masters Student (ekim85@uic.edu)

Emi Kuroiwa, Doctoral Student (ekuroi2@uic.edu)

Jason Palagi, Doctoral Student (jpalag2@uic.edu)

John Wilk, Doctoral Student (jwilk@uic.edu)

Ashley Lab Alumni

Dr. Saji Abraham, University of Michigan
Isabel Caballero, Texas A & M University
Dr. Kathleen Craft, Concordia University Chicago
Dr. Beverly Dow, McHenry County College
Dr. Kevin Feldheim, Pritzker Laboratory, Field Museum of Natural History
Dr. Jennifer Ison, University of Toronto
Dr. Ken Jones, University of Georgia
Dr. Andrea Tietmeyer Kramer, Chicago Botanic Garden
Dr. Roselis Mazurek
Dr. Jane E. Norman
James Norton, Northwestern University
Dr. Fusun Ozer, Middle East Technical University, Cyprus Campus.
Dr. Helena Puche, Howe Lab, UIC
Dr. Bill Strausberger, Field Museum
Dr. Oliver Pergams, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Jose (Pepé) Tello, Long Island University
Ramlah Zainudin, UNIMAS, Malaysia
Dr. David Zaya, Illinois Natural History Survey
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