Matt Gitzendanner

GitzendannerMattAssociate Scientist – Collection Manager
Ph.D. Washington State University , 2000

301 C Dickinson Hall
(352) 273-1960

Research Interests

My research spans a broad array of topics generally related to evolutionary genomics. I have studied topics ranging from population and conservation genetics to genomics and bioinformatics. In addition to my research, I am a lab manager for Pam and Doug Soltis’ Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics and a quarter-time Bioinformatics Specialist providing training and support through UF Research Computing to the users of the High-Performance Computing Center.

I have current projects in genomics and phylogenomics, population and conservation genetics and forensics. Please see my web page for more details.

Ziziphus celata conservation genetics

Ziziphus celata is a federally endangered shrub species restricted to a handful of populations in the Lake Wales Ridge of central Florida. I am currently investigating the genetic properties of Ziziphus, identifying both variation in natural populations, as well as providing data for the choice of individuals in introduced populations. Additionally, I am investigating the genetic mechanism that controls self incompatibility to facilitate the production of seedlings for introductions.

Lomatium phylogenetics

With about 90 species, the genus Lomatium is endemic to western North America. Species relationships within the genus are poorly understood. I am currently working on a molecular phylogenetic analysis of the genus. Using this phylogeny, I will focus on a small group of species that contains rare and widespread species and study the evolutionary dynamics leading to specieation as well as the population genetic factors effecting commonness.

Representative Publications

  • Stull, G. W., M. J. Moore, V. S. Mandala, N. A. Douglas, H.-R. Kates, X. Qi, S. F. Brockington, P. S. Soltis, D. E. Soltis, M. A. Gitzendanner. 2013. A targeted enrichment strategy for massively parallel sequencing of angiosperm plastid genomes. Applications in Plant Sciences 1(2): 1200497 (doi:10.3732/apps.1200497)
  • Godden, G. T., I. E. Jordon-Thaden, S. Chamala, A. A. Crowl, M. García, C. C. Germain-Aubrey, J. M. Heaney, M. Latvis, X. Qi, M. A. Gitzendanner. 2012. Making next-generation sequencing work for you: approaches and practical considerations for marker development and phylogenetics. Plant Ecology & Diversity 5(4): 427-450 (doi:10.1080/17550874.2012.745909)
  • Clivati, D., Gitzendanner, M. A., Hilsdorf, A. W. S., Araújo, W. L., Miranda, V. F. O. 2012. Microsatellite markers developed for Utricularia reniformis (Lentibulariaceae). American Journal of Botany PN&PPS e1-e4 (doi:10.3732/ajb.1200080).
  • Xiang, C.-L., M. A. Gitzendanner, D. E. Soltis, H. Peng, L.-G. Lei. 2012. Phylogenetic placement of the enigmatic and critically endangered genus Saniculiphyllum (Saxifragaceae) inferred from combined analysis of plastid and nuclear DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64(2): 357-367.
  • Gitzendanner, M. A. 2012. Use and guidelines for plant DNA analyses in forensics. In D. Hall [ed.] Forensic Botany: A practical guide. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 93-106.
  • Soltis, D. E., Mavrodiev, E. V., Meyers, S. C., Severns, P. M., hang, L., Gitzendanner, M. A., Ayers, T., Chester, M., Soltis, P. S. 2012. Additional origins of Ownbey’s Tragopogon mirus. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 169(2): 297-311.