Amanda Ingram joined the Wabash College faculty in 2004. Prof. Ingram’s research interests lie in plant systematics, which involves the study of plant evolution and classification. Her work is currently focused on understanding the evolution of the lovegrasses, a group of approximately 400 species of grasses in the genus Eragrostis that are morphologically, anatomically, and ecologically diverse. She employs a variety of approaches to learn about these plants, including field work to collect material and explore the species’ distribution and ecology, and a range of laboratory techniques (e.g., DNA sequencing, anatomical study) that allow her to gather characters with which to build evolutionary trees. Her work on Eragrostis has taken her to many exotic locales, including recent collecting trips to Namibia, South Africa, and Tanzania. She also works with Wabash students on more local projects through her involvement in a nationwide consortium of conservation biologists working to preserve and understand native orchid species and the fungi upon which they rely.
Prof. Ingram is a native of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, and while she misses seeing mountains every day, she’s been working hard to embrace the rather less topographically interesting beauty found in Indiana’s natural areas. She also enjoys playing music, tending her urban “farm”, and sampling her husband’s award-winning homemade beers.
Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Cornell University
B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science, The College of William & Mary
BIO 101—Human Biology
BIO 102—Plants and Human Affairs
BIO 111-112—General Biology I & II
BIO 224—Biology of Vascular Plants
BIO 351—Evolution of Populations
BIO 401—Senior Seminar (Polyploid Genome Evolution)
Wysocki, W.P., L.G. Clark, S.A. Kelchner, S.V. Burke, J.C. Pires, P.P. Edger, D.R. Mayfield, J.K. Triplett, J.T. Columbus, A.L. Ingram, M.R. Duvall. 2014. A Multi-Step Comparison of Short-Read Full Plastome Sequence Assembly Methods. Taxon 63 (4): 899-910.
Bell, H. L., J.T. Columbus, and A.L. Ingram. 2013. Kalinia, a new North American genus for a species long misplaced in Eragrostis (Poaceae, Chloridoideae). Aliso 29: 85-95.
Grass Phylogeny Working Group II. 2012. New grass phylogeny resolves deep evolutionary relationships and discovers C4 origins. New Phytologist 193: 304-312.
Ingram, A.L., P.A. Christin, and C. P. Osborne. 2011. Molecular phylogenies disprove an hypothesized C4 reversion in Eragrostis walteri (Poaceae: Chloridoideae). Annals of Botany 107 (2): 321-325.
Ingram, A. L. 2010. Evolution of leaf blade anatomy in Eragrostis (Poaceae). Systematic Botany 35 (4): 755-765.
McKain, M. R., M. A. Chapman, and A.L. Ingram. 2010. Confirmation of the hybrid origin of Eupatorium x truncatum (Asteraceae) using nuclear and plastid markers. Castanea 75 (3): 381-387.
GLCA New Directions Initiative grant: “Mutual Benefits: Using Orchid / Fungal Mutualisms to Enhance Student / Faculty Collaborative Research”
National Science Foundation research grant: “Collaborative Research—Branching in Chloridoid Grasses: Phylogeny and Inflorescence Diversification” to J. Travis Columbus (Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden) and A. L. Ingram.
National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Ingram discusses the importance of biology, the study of lovegrasses and orchids, and the importance of it all.
In another Podcast, Ingram talks about Urban Farming.
MAJORS & MINORS
- ASIAN STUDIES (MINOR)
- BUSINESS (MINOR)
- COMPUTER SCIENCE (MINOR)
- EDUCATION STUDIES (MINOR)
- ENGINEERING (DUAL-DEGREE)
- FINANCIAL ECONOMICS
- GENDER STUDIES (MINOR)
- HISPANIC STUDIES
- MODERN LANGUAGES
- MULTICULTURAL AMER. STUDIES (MINOR)
- PRE-MEDICINE (PRE-PROFESSIONAL)
- POLITICAL SCIENCE