Lena Struwe CV
Professor & Director of Chrysler Herbarium
Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources & Dept. of Plant Biology and Pathology
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey Phone: (848) 932-6343
237 Foran Hall Fax: (732) 932-9441
59 Dudley Road E-mail: email@example.com
New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA www: sites.rutgers.edu/lena-struwe
2018-present Coordinator, Scarlet Pimpernel Project, Rutgers.
2018-present Faculty Director, Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers.
2017-present Professor, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources (DEENR, primary) and Dept. of Plant Biology (DPB, secondary), Rutgers [joint appointment]
2007-2017 Associate Professor, DEENR and Dept. of Plant Biology and Pathology (DPBP), Rutgers
2004-present Director, Chrysler Herbarium, Rutgers
2001-2004 Correspondent, Chrysler Herbarium, Rutgers
2001-2007 Assistant Professor, DEENR & DPBP, Rutgers
1998-2001 Research Associate (postdoc), The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics Studies, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY
1995-1998 Laboratory Manager, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY
1991-1995 Teaching and Computer Assistant, Dept. of Systematic Botany, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
1989-1990 Museum Assistant, Regnellian Herbarium, Dept. of Phanerogamic Botany, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden
1999 Ph.D. (‘Filosofie doktorsexamen’) in Systematic Botany, Stockholm University. Thesis: Morphological and molecular phylogenetic studies in neotropical Gentianaceae. Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden. 221 pp. [published thesis]
1991 B.Sc. (‘Filosofie kandidatexamen’) in Biology and Earth Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Evolutionary history, biodiversity, and biogeography of angiosperms, especially gentians (Gentianaceae) and relatives in Gentianales; tropical historical biogeography and its relationship to ecological niche evolution; European and American flora and its indigenous and non-native components, focused largely on weeds and urban plants; contemporary ethnobotany (especially medicinal and edible plants, evolution of food, cooking and crops, and opinions and uses of weeds); conservation and education of plant biodiversity on local to global scales.
I use field and lab-based biological and ethnobotanical research methods to study wild and cultivated plants. My research focuses on their evolution and interactions with humans in natural areas, cities, and our homes and classrooms. The purpose of this research is to understand the intersection of biodiversity, education, and human communication in contemporary society, improve botanical accuracy and literacy, and provide enhanced plant diversity knowledge worldwide.