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Shannon D. Fehlberg
Conservation Biologist
Research, Conservation, and Collections
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Email: sfehlberg at dbg.org
Website: www.shannonfehlberg.com

Education
2006   Ph.D.  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
1999   M.A.    Biology, University of Colorado, Denver, CO
1996   B.S.    Biology (summa cum laude), Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO

Professional Experience
October 2008 – present: Conservation Biologist, Research, Conservation, and Collections, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ
February 2009 – present: Affiliate Faculty, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
June 2006 – September 2008: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
August 2000 – May 2006: Graduate Assistant, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Teaching Assistant: General Biology I & II, Non-majors Biology, Plant Systematics, Principles of Ecology, and Writing Lab instructor.
Research Assistant: Systematics and evolution of ferns, Polypodiaceae: Grammitidoideae and Hypolepis (Dennstaedtiaceae).
August 1998 – May 2004: Affiliate Faculty, Biology, Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
Instructor of record: General Biology II, Comparative Anatomy Lecture and Lab, Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Field Studies in Ecology: Desert Ecology, General Zoology Lecture and Lab, Invertebrate Zoology Lecture and Lab, and Introduction to Scientific Research.
Lab coordinator: General Biology I & II, Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II.
May 2001 – August 2001: Research Assistant, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO
August 1996 – December 1999: Graduate Assistant, Biology, University of Colorado, Denver, CO
Teaching Assistant: General Biology I & II, Field Studies: Desert Ecology, and General Cell Biology.


Research Grants and Fellowships
2013-2016 National Science Foundation, Phylogenetic Systematics, Division of Environmental Biology, Collaborative Research: Polyploidy in Phlox and its effects on diversity. Carolyn Ferguson and Alan Prather, co-PIs. $216,867 (of $774,000).
2012-2014 Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, From genotype to river basin: The combined impacts of climate change on bio-control on a dominant riparian invasive tree/shrub (Tamarix spp.). Kevin Hultine, co-PI. $149,269.
2012-2014 Desert Botanical Garden, Conservation Genetics and Biology research, restricted donations. $55,000.
2014   Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Population genetic study of the Cochise pincushion cactus (Coryphantha robbinsorum) in Arizona. William Radke and Julie Crawford, co-PIs. $20,000.
2013   U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Improved genetic resources for the study of Huachuca Water Umbel. Endangered Species Act, Section 6 funding. $11,178.
2012   U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Distinguishing Arizona hedgehog cactus from close relatives using genetic information. Endangered Species Act, Section 6 funding. $16,807.
2011   U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Population genetic study of the Arizona hedgehog cactus in support of multiple Recovery Plan objectives. Kim McCue and Wendy Hodgson, co-PIs. Endangered Species Act, Section 6 funding. $22,155.
2010   Bureau of Land Management, Comparative analyses of Pronghorn diet at Agua Fria National Monument based on feces analyses and plant DNA barcoding. Andrew Salywon, co-PI. $35,000.
2010   Environmental and Natural Resource Division, U.S. Army and Vernadero Group, Research contract: Assessing genetic distinctiveness of Lilaeopsis schaffneriana var. recurva populations. $42,664.
2008   Kansas State University, Ecological Genomics Institute, competitive seed grant: Applying genomic tools within the Phlox family: Evolutionary history and ecological significance of polyploidy in the Phlox woodhousei complex in the arid southwest. Carolyn J. Ferguson, co-PI. $75,000.
2007   Kansas State University, Ecological Genomics Institute, Bulk fragment analysis and genotyping grant: Analysis of genetic structure, gene flow, and speciation in the closely related species Phlox woodhousei and P. amabilis (Polemoniaceae) using microsatellite loci. $5,000.
2005   University of Colorado, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Fellowship. $9,500.
2005   University of Colorado, University of Colorado Museum, Walker Van Riper grant: Reconstructing population history using ancient and modern DNA: Macrofossils and contemporary samples of Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) from the Sonoran Desert. $1,437.
2004   National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Evolutionary diversification of Encelia (Asteraceae: Heliantheae) in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts based on multiple DNA sequences. $9,905.
2004   University of Colorado, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Fellowship. $9,500.
2004   University of Colorado, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Departmental grant: Phylogeography of Encelia farinosa (Asteraceae) in the arid Southwest. $2,000.
2004   University of Colorado, University of Colorado Museum, Walker Van Riper grant: Diversification of Encelia (Asteraceae) in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts. $1,494.
2003   California Native Plant Society: Evolutionary diversification of Encelia (Asteraceae) in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. $450.
2003   University of Colorado, University of Colorado Museum, Walker Van Riper grant: Phylogeography of Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) in the Sonoran Desert. $1,497.
2002   University of Colorado, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Departmental grant: Historical biogeography of the Saguaro cactus Carnegiea gigantea. $2,411.
2002   University of Colorado, University of Colorado Museum, Walker Van Riper grant: Historical biogeography of the Saguaro cactus Carnegiea gigantea. $1,000.
1999   Sigma Xi, Grants-in-Aid of Research: Genetic diversity and population structure in geographically marginal populations of Carex viridula Michx. (Cyperaceae). $700.
1999   Colorado Native Plant Society, John W. Marr Fund grant: Genetic diversity and population structure in geographically marginal populations of Carex viridula Michx. (Cyperaceae). $300.
Pending:
2015-2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Foundational grants: Host plant allocation strategies and mortality in response to a specialist herbivore. Kevin Hultine, Tom Dudley, Dan Bean, and Kevin Grady co-PIs. $489,801 requested.
2014   U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Population survey, genetics, seed morphology and growth rate of Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. arizonicus (Arizona hedgehog cactus). Endangered Species Act, Section 6 funding. $8,363 requested.

Honors and Awards
2006   Excellence in Teaching, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
1999   Outstanding Graduate Student, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Colorado, Denver, CO.
1996   Outstanding Woman of the Year, Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO.


Peer-reviewed Publications
Fehlberg, S.D., M.C. Ty, and C.J. Ferguson. In press. Reexamination of a putative diploid hybrid taxon using genetic evidence: The distinctiveness of Phlox pilosa subsp. deamii (Polemoniaceae). International Journal of Plant Science.
Fehlberg, S.D., J.M. Allen, and K. Church. 2013. A novel method of genomic DNA extraction for Cactaceae. Applications in Plant Sciences 1: 1200013.
Tew, J.M., S.L. Lance, K.L. Jones, and S.D. Fehlberg. 2012. Microsatellite development for an endangered riparian inhabitant, Lilaeopsis schaffneriana subsp. recurva (Apiaceae). American Journal of Botany Primer Notes & Protocols in the Plant Sciences 99: e164-166.
Fehlberg, S.D. and C.J. Ferguson. 2012. Intraspecific cytotypic variation and complicated genetic structure in the Phlox amabilis-P. woodhousei (Polemoniaceae) complex. American Journal of Botany 99: 865-874.
Fehlberg, S.D. and C.J. Ferguson. 2012. Intraspecific cytotype variation and conservation: An example from Phlox (Polemoniaceae). Calochortiana 1: 189-195.
Fehlberg, S.D. and T.A. Ranker. 2009. Evolutionary history and phylogeography of Encelia farinosa (Asteraceae) from the Sonoran, Mojave, and Peninsular Deserts. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 50: 326-335.
Lehnert, M., M. Kessler, A.N. Schmidt-Lebuhn, S.A. Klimas, S.D. Fehlberg, and T.A. Ranker. 2009. Phylogeny of the fern genus Melpomene (Polypodiaceae) inferred from morphology and chloroplast DNA analysis. Systematic Botany 34: 1-11.
Fehlberg, S.D., K.A. Ford, M.C. Ungerer, and C.J. Ferguson. 2008. Development, characterization and transferability of microsatellite markers for the plant genus Phlox (Polemoniaceae). Molecular Ecology Resources 8: 116–118.
Fehlberg, S.D. and T.A. Ranker. 2007. Phylogeny and biogeography of Encelia (Asteraceae) in the Sonoran and Peninsular Deserts based on multiple DNA sequences. Systematic Botany 32: 692-699.
Fehlberg (Kuchel), S.D. and L.P. Bruederle. 2000. Allozyme data support a Eurasian origin for Carex viridula ssp. viridula var. viridula Michx. (Cyperaceae). Madroño 47: 147-158.
Submitted:
Fehlberg, S.D. and K.M. Fehlberg. Phylogeographic patterns in Encelia farinosa (Asteraceae) in the southwestern deserts of North America: a comparison of nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
In preparation:
Fehlberg, S.D. and J.M. Allen. Clonality, fixed heterozygosity, and limited genetic structure in Lilaeopsis schaffneriana subsp. recurva (Apiaceae), an endangered herbaceous perennial. Conservation Genetics.

Peer-reviewed Technical Reports
Fehlberg, S.D. 2013. Distinguishing Arizona hedgehog cactus from close relatives using genetic information. Report prepared for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Phoenix, Arizona.
Fehlberg, S.D. 2012. Population genetic study of the Arizona hedgehog cactus in support of multiple Recovery Plan objectives. Report prepared for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Phoenix, Arizona.
Fehlberg, S.D. 2012. Assessing genetic distinctiveness of Huachuca Water Umbel (Lilaeopsis schaffneriana subsp. recurva) on Fort Huachuca, Arizona and other regional sites. Report prepared for the Environmental and Natural Resource Division, Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Book Chapters
Bruederle, L.P., S.L. Yarbrough, and S.D. Fehlberg. 2009. Allozyme variation in the genus Carex… 15 years later: 1986-2001. Pp.187-196 in R.F.C. Naczi and B.A. Ford, eds. Sedges: Uses, Diversity, and Systematics of the Cyperaceae. Missouri Botanic Garden Press, St. Louis, Missouri.
Ferguson, C.J., S.D. Fehlberg, K.A. Ford, and S.C. Strakosh. 2008. Phylogenetic relationships of the genus Phlox (Polemoniaceae): comparing and combining data sets from the chloroplast genome. Pp. 153-172 in A.K. Sharma and A. Sharma, eds. Plant Genome: Biodiversity and Evolution. Volume 1, Part E. Science Publishers, Enfield, New Hampshire.

Popular Articles
Hodgson, W., S.D. Fehlberg, and K. McCue. 2012. Rare plants as treasures and challenges. Sonoran Quarterly 66(2): 4-7.
Fehlberg, S.D., A. Salywon, and K. McCue. 2011. Ciénegas: Rare oases in the desert. Sonoran Quarterly 65(2): 4-7.
Fehlberg, S.D. 2009. The conservation of desert plants: What can genetics tell us? Sonoran Quarterly 63(1): 8-11.

Invited Seminars
2013   Northern New Mexico College, Biology Department, Espanola, NM: Plant diversity in the Southwestern Deserts: Rare plants, genetics, and conservation.
2011   Desert Botanical Garden, Volunteers in the Garden, Phoenix, AZ: Unlocking the data in DNA to understand plant relationships and conserve plants.
2010   Arizona Science Center, Adults’ Night Out, Phoenix, AZ: Plant Conservation in the Desert Southwest- What Can Genetics Tell Us?
2010   Arizona Native Plant Society, Phoenix, AZ: Plant Conservation in the Desert Southwest- What Can Genetics Tell Us?
2010   Arizona State University, Plant Biology, School of Life Sciences, Tempe, AZ: Plant Conservation in the Desert Southwest- What Can Genetics Tell Us?
2009   Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation, Phoenix, AZ: Linking new techniques and traditional approaches in botanical research.
2009   Desert Botanical Garden, Volunteers in the Garden, Phoenix, AZ: Using genetic tools to study plants in the southwestern deserts.
2006   Kansas State University, Division of Biology, Manhattan, KS: Post-glacial history of Encelia farinosa in southwestern North America- Inferences from phylogeography.
2004   Colorado Native Plant Society, Denver, CO: The use of morphology and genetics in determining relationships within a desert sunflower genus.
2000   Colorado Native Plant Society, Denver, CO: Status of the Green Sedge (Carex viridula) in Colorado.

Contributed Presentations
Chansler, M., C.J. Ferguson, S.D. Fehlberg, and L.A. Prather. 2014. Analysis of morphological variation between diploid, tetraploid, and hexaploid Phlox amabilis. Botanical Society of America, Boise, ID.
Fehlberg, S.D., J.M. Allen, and K. Church. 2014. Distinguishing Arizona hedgehog cactus, a federally endangered species, from its close relatives using genetic information. Botanical Society of America, Boise, ID.
Waselkov, K., B. Wright, S.D. Fehlberg, M. Mayfield, and C.J. Ferguson. 2014. Perplexing polyploidy in the Polemoniaceae: patterns in Phlox phylogenies. Botanical Society of America, Boise, ID.
Wright, B., M. Chansler, K. Waselkov, N. Busch, S.D. Fehlberg, L.A. Prather, and C.J. Ferguson. 2014. Engaging students in scientific discovery through a collaborative, multidisciplinary research project on polyploidy and plant biodiversity. Botanical Society of America, Boise, ID.
Fehlberg, S.D., J.M. Allen, and K. Church. 2014. Genetic investigations hold promise for resolution of difficult relationships among red-flowered hedgehog cacti, Echinocereus section Triglochidiatus. International Organization for Succulent Plant Study Congress, Phoenix, AZ.
Fehlberg, S.D., M.C. Ty, and C.J. Ferguson. 2013. Genetic evidence bolstering the hypothesis of a hybrid origin of Phlox pilosa subsp. deamii (Polemoniaceae). Botanical Society of America, New Orleans, LA.
Waselkov, K., B. Wright, L.A. Prather, S.D. Fehlberg, and C.J. Ferguson. 2013. Polyploidy and diversity in the genus Phlox: development of polyploid assemblages as study systems for phylogenetic and phylogeographic work. Ecological Genomics Symposium, Kansas City, MO.
Fehlberg, S.D., J.M. Allen, and K. Church. 2012. Amplification and sequencing of genomic DNA extracted from cactus spines. Botanical Society of America, Columbus, OH.
Fehlberg, S.D., J.M. Allen, M. Tluczek, and A. Salywon. 2012. Molecular analysis of pronghorn antelope diet using semiconductor sequencing. Botanical Society of America, Columbus, OH.
Fehlberg, S.D. 2010. Distribution of genetic variation in Encelia farinosa (Asteraceae) inferred from universal nuclear markers for the Asteraceae. Botanical Society of America, Providence, RI.
Ferguson, C.J., T. Melhem, L.A. Prather, and S.D. Fehlberg. 2010. Perplexing patterns of polyploidy- investigating ploidy level variation and its correlates within the context of phylogeny in Phlox (Polemoniaceae). Botanical Society of America, Providence, RI.
Fehlberg, S.D., M.P. Nepal, and C.J. Ferguson. 2009. The importance of genetic and cytotype variation in conservation- an example from Phlox (Polemoniaceae). Botanical Society of America, Snowbird, UT.
Nepal, M.P., S.D. Fehlberg, and C.J. Ferguson. 2009. Developing and applying low-copy nuclear regions for phylogenetic study in the genus Phlox (Polemoniaceae). Botanical Society of America, Snowbird, UT.
Ty, M.C., S.D. Fehlberg, and C.J. Ferguson. 2008. Using microsatellites to test the hypothesis of hybrid origin in a plant taxon. Kansas State University, Undergraduate Research Forum, Manhattan, KS.
Fehlberg, S.D. and C.J. Ferguson. 2008. Genetic structure and evolutionary history of the Phlox woodhousei (Polemoniaceae) complex inferred from microsatellite data. Botanical Society of America, Vancouver, BC.
Fehlberg, S.D., M.P. Nepal, M.C. Ty, and C.J. Ferguson. 2008. Evolutionary history and ecological significance of polyploidy in the Phlox woodhousei complex in the arid southwest. Ecological Genomics Symposium, Kansas City, MO.
Fehlberg, S.D., K.A. Ford, M.C. Ungerer, and C.J. Ferguson. 2007. Development, transferability, and application of microsatellite markers in Phlox (Polemoniaceae). Botanical Society of America, Chicago, IL.
Ty, M.C., S.D. Fehlberg, and C.J. Ferguson. 2007. Initiating population genetic work on a Phlox of putative hybrid origin. Kansas State University, Undergraduate Research Forum, Manhattan, KS.
Fehlberg, S.D., K.A. Ford, and C.J. Ferguson. 2006. Microsatellite marker development for Phlox- towards understanding the functional significance of reproductive character position. Ecological Genomics Symposium, Kansas City, MO.
Fehlberg, S.D. and T.A. Ranker. 2006. Phylogeography of Encelia farinosa (Asteraceae) in the Sonoran, Mojave, and Peninsular Deserts. Botanical Society of America, Chico, CA.
Geiger, J.M.O., M.E. Wright, K. Christensen, S.D. Fehlberg, and T.A. Ranker. 2006. Alternate pathways of fern dispersal to the Hawaiian Islands, Part 1: Hypolepis & Diplopterygium. Botanical Society of America, Chico, CA.
Fehlberg, S.D. and T.A. Ranker. 2004. Diversification of Encelia (Asteraceae) in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts. Botanical Society of America, Snowbird, UT.
Fehlberg (Kuchel), S.D. and L.P. Bruederle. 1999. Genetic diversity and structure in geographically marginal populations of Carex viridula Michx. (Cyperaceae). XVI International Botanic Congress, St. Louis, MO.
Yarbrough, S.L., L.P. Bruederle and S.D. Fehlberg (Kuchel). 1999. The effects of dioecy on population genetic structure in Carex scirpoidea Michx. (Cyperaceae). XVI International Botanic Congress, St. Louis, MO.

Research Supervision and Mentorship
2014-present: Amrita Rhoads, high school student intern
2013-present: Tyffany Nidey, research assistant (grant funded)
2013-present: Margaret Wright, research assistant (grant funded)
2013-present: Dr. Donna Dehn, volunteer research assistant
2011-2013: Dr. Mary Lynn Formanack, volunteer research assistant
2011-2012: Christopher Lanter, graduate student, Arizona State University
2010-present: Jessica Allen (Tew), lab manager and research assistant (partially grant funded)
2010-present: Dr. Kathleen Church, volunteer research assistant
2010: Beth Carbone, research assistant (grant funded)
2009-2010: Melanie Tluczek, graduate student, Arizona State University
2009-2010: Camille Rucker, high school student intern
2009: Abby Medina, undergraduate student, Arizona State University
2007: Thelma Green, participant in SUROP, Kansas State University
2006-2008: Madhav Nepal, graduate student, Kansas State University
2006-2008: Maureen Ty, undergraduate student and participant in program for students from under-represented groups in research, Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP), Kansas State University
2006-2007: Kristen Ford, undergraduate student, Kansas State University
2005: Julie Fast, undergraduate student, University of Colorado
Professional Development
2012   Landscape Genetics Distributed Graduate Course, University of Idaho
2011   Presenting Data and Information, Edward Tufte Seminar
2010   Introduction to GIS: Using ArcGIS, Mesa Community College
2010   Creative Alliances Seminar, National Strategies for the Arts
2010   Species Distribution Modeling Workshop, American Museum of Natural History
2009   Applied Plant Conservation Workshop, Center for Plant Conservation
2007   Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics, University of Washington
2002   Tropical Plant Systematics field course, Organization of Tropical Studies

Professional Service and Community Outreach
2014   Organizational team member for the 33rd Congress of the International Organization for Succulent Plant Study (IOS), meeting held at the Desert Botanical Garden
2013-present: Development team member for high school Phlox educational module, collaborative initiative with the Desert Botanical Garden, Kansas State University, and Michigan State University
2013-present: Panel member and ad-hoc reviewer, Division of Environmental Biology, National Science Foundation
2013-present: Curriculum development committee member, Masters in Plant Biology and Conservation, Arizona State University
2013-present: Organizational team member and workshop instructor for Exploration Friday, a local elementary school outreach with Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center and the Desert Botanical Garden
2012-2013: Panel member for annual student involvement and career luncheon, Botanical Society of America.
2009-present: Planting Science mentor to high school science students and focus group member (2012), Botanical Society of America
2009-present: Desert Studies Scholarship committee member and chair (2012), Garden Club of America
2009-present: Annual attendee and organizational team member (2012) for the Arizona Botany Meeting
2009-present: Reviewer for: Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, American Journal of Botany, Journal of Biogeography, Conservation Genetics, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Botany, Plant Biosystems, Biological Invasions, Freshwater Biology, Applications in Plant Sciences, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
2009-2013: Planning team member and leader in the coordination, communication, and design of the new molecular genetics laboratory for the Pulliam building expansion, Desert Botanical Garden
2009   Search committee member, Program Director, Conservation of Threatened Species and Habitats, Desert Botanical Garden
2009   Book reviewer, Botanical Society of America
2009   Young Scientist Science Fair judge, Hidden Hills Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ
2008-present: Planning team member and participant in outreach activities for scientists, students, and members of the public, Desert Botanical Garden
Including but not limited to workshops, presentations, and program tours for: American Public Garden Day, Arizona K12 Center, Arizona State University, Chinese Academy of Science, DBG 75th Anniversary Community Celebration, DBG Conservation Camp, DBG Planet Rescue Camp, DBG Docent training, DBG Patron’s Circle events, DBG Research, Conservation, and Horticulture committee, Dorrance Family Foundation, Flagstaff Arboretum, Gateway Community College, Harvard Club, National Science Foundation, and University of Alberta
2007   Partner with High school science educators, Kansas State University
2002-present: member of Botanical Society of America and American Society of Plant Taxonomists