Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts
PhD: University of California, Berkeley
Diversity of Shape and Form Present in Flowering Plants
Research in the Bartlett lab is focused on understanding the molecular underpinnings of plant diversity – both how it develops and how it evolves. We use the tools and techniques of both evolutionary and developmental biology to uncover the genetic networks underlying plant development, as well as to assess how these networks have changed through the course of evolution. Right now, we're leveraging the genetic systems available in the grasses to assess the function, across evolutionary time, of variable protein-protein interactions in floral development..
Bartlett, M.E. and Whipple, C.J. 2013. Protein change in plant evolution: tracing one thread connecting molecular and phenotypic diversity. Frontiers in Plant Science, 4: 382.
Cron, G.**, Pirone, C.**, Bartlett, M.E., Kress, J., and Specht, C.D. 2012. A phylogeny of the Strelitziaceae. Systematic Botany, 37: 606-619. **joint first authors
Bartlett, M.E. and Specht, C.D. 2011. Changes in expression pattern of the TEOSINTE BRANCHED1-like genes in the Zingiberales provide a mechanism for evolutionary shifts in symmetry across the order. American Journal of Botany, 98: 227-243.
Bartlett, M.E. and Specht, C.D. 2010. Evidence for the involvement of GLOBOSA-like gene duplications and expression divergence in the evolution of floral morphology in the Zingiberales. New Phytologist, 187: 521-541.
Specht, C.D. and Bartlett, M.E. 2009. Flower Evolution. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 40: 217-43.
Kirchoff, B.K., Lagomarsino, L.P., Newman, W.H., Bartlett, M.E. and Specht, C.D. 2009. Early floral development of Heliconia latispatha (Heliconiaceae), a key taxon for understanding the evolution of flower development in the Zingiberales. American Journal of Botany, 96: 580-593.
Bartlett, M.E., Kirchoff, B. and Specht, C.D. 2008. Epi-illumination microscopy linked to in situ hybridization and its utility in the study of evolution and development in non-model species. Development, Genes and Evolution, 218: 273-279.