Heiser Fellowship

Charles B. Heiser Graduate Fellowship in Plant Evolution

The Charles B. Heiser Graduate Fellowship in Plant Evolution was established in 2002. It honors Distinguished Emeritus Professor Charles Heiser, who died on June 11, 2010. The fellowship was first awarded in 2009.

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2020 Heiser Fellow: Matthew Gibson

Matt Gibson is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Professor Leonie Moyle's lab where he studies evolutionary and conservation genetics in wild tomatoes. His research is focused on characterizing several conservation threats faced by tomato species endemic to the Galápagos Islands, specifically those imposed by a biological invasion of their close South American relatives. He is particularly interested in understanding the role that hybridization between invasive and endemic species may have in affecting species persistence. He will use the Heiser fellowship to visit remote field sites on the islands in order to confirm findings from previous field seasons which have suggested the rapid extinction of many endemic populations. At IU, Matt also volunteers as an instructor for the Foundations in Science and Mathematics program and as a research mentor through the Jim Holland Summer Science Research program.