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Anita Cisternas Fuentes

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PhD Student
Northwestern and Chicago Botanic Garden

AnitaCisternasFuentes2019 at u dot northwestern dot edu

Projects
Inbreeding and decline in plant fitness (2017)

There are several factor that may lead to a population’s extinction, one of these is inbreeding depression. Inbreeding depression is the reduction in fitness within a population as a result of inbreeding. This is a major issue in conservation because the negative effects of inbreeding depression affect all aspects of reproduction.


This project focuses on identifying life-history traits...


How bad can inbreeding be? Mating system variation and inbreeding in Oenothera primiveris. (2016)

Mating system is directly related to inbreeding and in some cases will lead to a loss of fitness known as inbreeding depression. The relation between mating system and ID has been study in different organisms, and there is a strong relationship but variation is inevitable. In self-incompatible populations (can't self), they will express greater inbreeding depression than self-compatible, due...


Next-generation of Oenothera xylocarpa (2016)

Oenothera xylocarpa is a rare endemic found in rich pumice soils found in high elevations of the Sierra Nevada.  This species is only located in three isolated regions in California and Nevada. Using Next-generation sequencing techniques we are interested in exploring how isolated are the populations in these regions and how much diversity remains within these populations. This data will be...


Scent variation: its role in attracting both pollinators and herbivores in Evening Primroses (2015)

The plant tribe Onagreae (Onagraceae; the evening primrose family) and its associated insects pollinators (Sphingidae hawkmoth) and herbivores (Mompha microlepidoptera and Hawkmoth larvae) is a model systems for studying the role of floral scent in shaping the evolution of plants and their associated organisms across western North America. Floral scent is known to be an important trait in...