Stephanie Stuart

Research Interests

I am using the herbaria's collections of different species of modern Azolla, a water fern, to help build a morphological phylogeny of plants from this genus. Although my work focuses on fossil specimens from the University of California Paleontology Museum, access to a wide range of modern specimens is crucial if I am to identify the fossil plants and place them in an evolutionary context. I have also used specimens from the herbarium in teaching students to identify plants — students really appreciate being able to see flowers, fruit and other reproductive structures at any time of year.