Lauren Eserman, Ph.D.
Research areas: Evolutionary biology, conservation genetics, phylogenomics
As the Research Coordinator in the Conservation & Research Department, Eserman manages the Garden's ongoing research in evolutionary biology and conservation genetics. Eserman's background in plant systematics and genomics drives her interest in understanding evolutionary relationships among plant populations and species. Eserman heads the Garden's molecular research lab in addition to advising undergraduate students interested in engaging in conservation biology research. She works on a wide variety of projects from orchids to rare and endangered plants of the Southeast to morning glories.