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Jennifer R. Mandel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ellington Hall 301, Memphis, TN 38152
Office Hours
12-3 Mon-Thurs, 3-5 Fri

Dr. Mandel joined the department in 2014. She received a B.A. from Carson Newman University with a focus in organismal biology, ecology, and natural history. Her Ph.D work involved plant conservation and evolutionary genetics both in rare, endangered species as well as weedy, invasive. Following this, her post-doctoral research at The University of Georgia was aimed at identifying the genetic basis of evolutionary and agronomically important traits in cultivated sunflower. Her research at the UofM includes plant population and quantitative genetics, evolutionary genetics, and phylogenetics. She employs field, laboratory, and greenhouse approaches to gain an understanding of the processes and mechanisms that lead to the genetic, phenotypic, and ecological diversity we see in the world.

Courses taught include Ecological Genetics 7795/8705 and Plant Ecology 4053/6053. Conservation and biodiversity


B.A. Biology, Carson Newman University

Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University; Post-Doctoral Fellow Plant Biology, University of Georgia.

Recent Publications

Nambeesan, S.U., J.R. Mandel, J.E. Bowers, L.F. Marek, D. Ebert, J. Corbi, L.H. Rieseberg, S.J. Knapp, and J.M. Burke. (2015) Association mapping in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) reveals independent control of apical vs. basal branching. BMC Plant Biology, in press.

Mandel, J. R., E. V McAssey, S. Nambeesan, E. Garcia-Navarro, J. M. Burke. (2014) Molecular evolution of candidate genes for crop-related traits in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). PLoS ONE, 10.1371/journal.pone.0099620.

Mandel, J. R., R. B. Dikow, V. A. Funk, R. R. Masalia, S. E. Staton, A. Kozik, R. W. Michelmore, L. H. Rieseberg, and J. M. Burke. (2014) A target enrichment method for gathering phylogenetic information from hundreds of loci: an example from the Compositae. Applications in Plant Sciences, 2(2): 1300085. doi:10.3732/apps.1300085.

Mandel, J. R., S. Nambeesan, J. E. Bowers, L. F. Marek, D. P. Ebert, L. H. Rieseberg, S. J. Knapp, J. M. Burke. (2013) Association mapping and the genomic consequences of selection in sunflower. PLoS Genetics, 9: e1003378.

Gevaert, S. D., J. R. Mandel, J. M. Burke, L. A. Donovan. (2013). High genetic diversity and low population structure in Porter's sunflower (Helianthus porteri). Journal of Heredity, 104(3): 407-415.

Mandel, J. R., E. F. Milton, L. A. Donovan, S. J. Knapp, J. M. Burke. (2013) Genetic diversity and population structure in the rare Algodones sunflower (Helianthus niveus ssp. tephrodes) and comparison to related sunflowers. Conservation Genetics, 14(1): 31-40.

Mandel, J. R., E. A. McAssey, D. E. McCauley. (2012) Mitochondrial gene diversity associated with the atp9 stop codon in natural populations of wild carrot (Daucus carota ssp. carota). Journal of Heredity, 103(3): 418-425.

Mandel, J. R., J. M. Dechaine, L. F. Marek, J.M. Burke (2011) Genetic diversity and population structure in cultivated sunflower and a comparison to its wild progenitor, Helianthus annuus L. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 123(5): 693-704.

Mandel, J. R. (2010) Clonal diversity, spatial dynamics, and small genetic population size in the rare sunflower, Helianthus verticillatus. Conservation Genetics, 11(5): 2055-2059.

Bentley, K. E., J. R. Mandel, D. E. McCauley. (2010) Paternal leakage and heteroplasmy of mitochondrial genomes in Silene vulgaris: evidence from experimental crosses. Genetics, 185(3): 961-968.