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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Francis Kilkenny

Research Biologist
322 E Front Street Suite 401
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-373-4376
Fax: 208-373-4391

Current Research

I study the adaptation of native grass and tree populations to local climates, and has use these data to develop seed transfer guidelines and model the impacts of changing climates on these species.

Research Interests

My research interests include the ecological and evolutionary impacts of climate change on native and invasive plant species; the evolution of local adaptation in native and invasive plant species; pollination biology of herbaceous and long-lived clonal plants; evolutionary consequences of density and intraspecific competition; fundamental niche modeling and the projection of species range shifts due to climate change.

Past Research

My Ph.D. dissertation in 2011 focused on the evolution and population genetics of the invasive vine Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) in eastern North America, where I found that populations at the northern margin of the invaded range are evolving faster growth rates. I have also studied pollination and natural selection in populations of the American bell flower (Campanulastrum americana), as well as pollination and demography in populations of a stonecrop (Sedum laxum) endemic to southwestern Oregon and northern California.


  • University of Virginia, PhD Biology, 2011
  • Humboldt State University, Certificate of Study Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing, 2004
  • University of California at Santa Cruz, BA Environmental Studies, 2000

Professional Organizations

  • America Society Of Naturalists, Affiliate Member (2010 - Current)
  • Society For The Study Of Evolution, Affiliate Member (2010 - Current)

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Last updated on : 09/19/2014