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Recent and current graduate students:

  • Kristen Countryman, MS
  • Brittany Burgard, MS
  • Mary LaGuardia, MS
  • Gabriel Garcia, MS
  • Daniel Moses, MS
  • Peter Price, PhD
  • Soon Flynn, PhD
  • Anthony Motta - Nest Composition and Architecture of the Curve-billed Thrasher (MS 2022).
  • Bryce Sutter - Structural Responses of Bouteloua eriopoda to Changes in Annual Precipitation:Interactive Effects of Amount and Duration (MS 2022).
  • Zach Berry - Flora of the Phoenix Zoo (MS 2020).
  • Cole Larson-Whittaker -  Flora of the Verde River (MS 2020)
  • Alison Willis - Systematics of Echinomastus erectocentrus var. acunensis (MS 2019).
  • JP Solves - FLora of Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (MS 2020)
  • Albatool Albediwi - Digitization of herbaria in Saudi Arabia (MS 2017).
  • Lane Butler – Ecological effects of stream flow permanence on butterfly and plant communities of Sonoran Desert streams (MS May 2015).
  • Kara Baron – Flora of the Cave Creek Regional Park and studies of reestablishment of Arizona Upland Plant communities after fire disturbance (MS 2018).
  • Jacqueline Betsch – Plant community composition along the historic Verde River irrigation System (MS December 2010).
  • Frankie Coburn – Flora of the Upper Verde River, Yavapai County, Arizona (MS Dec 2015)
  • Darin Jenke – The Phoenix Four Rivers flora, Maricopa County, Arizona (MS May 2011)
  • Bethany Lund –The vascular flora of the Hummingbird Springs Wilderness, Maricopa County, Arizona. (MS November 2008). 
  • Robert Madera – Screwbean mesquite (Prosopis pubescens) die-off: Population status at restored and unrestored sites in the Lower Colorado River watershed (MS May 2016).
  • Doug Newton – Vascular flora of the Eagletail Mountain region, La Paz-Yuma Counties, Arizona (MS Dec 2010)
  • Danika Setaro – Temperature Effects on Germination in Southwest Riparian Zones Across an Aridity Gradient (MS Dec 2016).
  • Dustin Wolkis - Plant ecology of arid-land wetlands; a watershed moment for ciénega conservation (MS May 2016).
  • Tyna Yost - Amsonia kearneyana (Apocynaceae) Kearney’s Blue Star: new insights to inform recovery.  (MS December 2015).
The Arizona State University Mollusk Collection (ASUMOC) is curated by volunteer and avid shell enthusiast, Dale Snyder. It consists of approximately 140,000 shell specimens, and includes members from five of the seven classes of the phylum Mollusca.
Mammalogy Collection
The Mammalogy Collection (ASUMAC) contains approximately 9,300 specimens representing more than 160 species, with a geographic concentration in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. The research collection represents the second-largest mammal collection in Arizona.
Ornithology Collection
The Ornithology Collection (ASUORC) at the ASU Natural History Collections contains approximately 2,000 specimens representing more than 300 species, with a geographic concentration in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, with some Neotropical representation as well.
Herpetology Collection
The Herpetology Collection (ASUHEC) contains approximately 38,000 specimens representing more than 900 species, with a geographic concentration in the western United States and northwestern Mexico.
Ichthyology Collection
The Ichthyology Collection (ASUFIC) contains approximately 22,000 lots representing more than 580 species, with a geographic concentration in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
Coal Balls
The Fossil Plant Collection (ASUPC) is a unique resource for the ASU Natural History community, supporting plant evolutionary research, teaching, and public outreach.
The Hasbrouck Insect Collection (ASUHIC) is a vibrant part of the ASU Natural History Collections community, with a diverse array of insect research, learning, and outreach activities.
The ASU Lichen Herbarium (ASU) is among the ten largest collections of lichenized fungi in the US; it contains some 115,000 specimens. The collection has a particularly strong focus on the Greater Sonoran Desert Region [northwestern Mexico: Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, western Chihuahua and northern Sinaloa; and southwestern USA, Arizona, southern California].
The Arizona State University Vascular Plant Herbarium (ASU) is among the most important in the greater Sonoran Desert region with over 315,000 specimens. We are particularly proud of our holdings of Cactaceae which include over 1,100 chromosome counts.