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APSU Provost Lecture Series to feature Biology professor Carol Baskauf November 7th

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – An Austin Peay State University biology professor will present the next session of the Provost Lecture Series this week at APSU.

Dr. Carol Baskauf, APSU professor of biology, will present at 3:00pm, Thursday, November 7th, in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. She will talk about her work with Braun’s rock-cress, a federally endangered plant found only in Tennessee and Kentucky.  The plant has an unusual distribution, with a 250-mile gap separating its Tennessee and Kentucky populations.

Austin Peay State University professor of biology Dr. Carol Baskauf.
Austin Peay State University professor of biology Dr. Carol Baskauf.

“DNA-fingerprinting” techniques and other genetic markers indicate that the populations have extremely low genetic variability, even when compared with other rare plant species.

Nevertheless, Tennessee plants differ genetically from Kentucky plants. Genetic data from studies like this can provide guidance for rare species’ conservation strategies.

All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

After receiving her B.A. in biology from Bluffton College, Baskauf and her husband spent three years as volunteers teaching high school science and math in Swaziland, Africa. Upon returning to the U.S., she attended Vanderbilt University as a Graduate Select Scholar and received her Ph.D. in biology in 1993. She joined the APSU faculty soon after she graduated.

The focus of her research has been the population genetics and ecophysiology of rare plant species, for which she has received eight extramurally funded grants over the years. She has published her research in the American Journal of Botany, Evolution, Journal of Heredity, Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Castanea.

Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series can be viewed live here. Past lectures are available to view on iTunesU. Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3:00pm-4:30pm in the MUC, Room 303.

APSU Provost Lecture Series Schedule

Fall Semester 2013 Location Presenter
November 7, 2013 UC 303 Carol Baskauf
November 14, 2013 UC 303 Kallina Dunkle
November 21, 2013 UC 303 Dwayne Estes
November 25, 2013 UC 303 Chad Brooks
Spring Semester 2014 Location Presenter
January 23, 2014 UC 303 Christopher Gentry
January 30, 2014 UC 303 Rod Mills
February 6, 2014 UC 303 Rebecca Johnsen
February 13, 2014 UC 303 Stephen Truhon
February 20, 2014 UC 303 Justin Oelgoetz
March 6, 2014 UC 303 Robin Reed
March 20, 2014 UC 303 Osvaldo Di Paolo
March 27, 2014 UC 103C Alex King
April 3, 2014 UC 303 Tamara Smithers
April 17, 2014 UC 303 Stefan Woltmann


The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at 931.221.7992 or email him at johnsonb@apsu.edu.


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