Eric Von Wettberg

Eric Von Wettberg

Phone: 305-665-2844 x 3423/3432
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The von Wettberg lab studies how crops and rare plants tolerate stresses in soils, using a variety of laboratory, greenhouse, and field approaches.


  • NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Population Biology, University of California at Davis, Davis (2007-2009)
  • Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution, Brown University (2007)
  • Fulbright Fellow, Danish Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark (1999-2000)
  • B.A. in Biology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore Pennsylvania (1999)

Research Interests

My main research interest is in plant conservation genomics and evolutionary ecology with a focus on using molecular tools to understand adaptation to particular habitats and utilize it for the protection of biodiversity. I use a mixture of genomic, quantitative genetic, greenhouse, and field approaches. Rooted into the strong tradition and commitment of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for international collaboration and conservation, my studies have a strong field component that both test material under realistic conditions and develop strong relationships with developing world scientists. Current work in my lab centers on legumes of North African and Middle Eastern semi-arid saline areas, tropical crop legumes, and legumes of Florida and the Caribbean, but I am excited to explore other systems with collaborators and students. My laboratory is located at the University Park campus of Florida International University