Laura P. Lagomarsino
Ph.D., Harvard University (2015)
B.S., University of California- Berkeley (2008)
I'm an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and proud Director of the Shirley C. Tucker Herbarium at Louisiana State University. I'm also a botanist and evolutionary biologist— in that order.
Download a full version of my CV here!
Find me on Google Scholar here.
Dr. Agnes Dellinger
Ph.D., University of Vienna, Austria (2019)
M.Sc., University of Lund, Sweden and University of Vienna, Austria (2013)
BSc, University of Vienna, Austria (2010)
Agnes is an evolutionary ecologist from Austria who worked on the pollination biology and floral evolution of the Neotropical plant tribe Merianieae (Melastomataceae) for her PhD research. Agnes is now extending her research to investigating the abiotic and biotic drivers of diversification in this plant group as a self-funded post-doctoral researcher. She will collaborate with Dr. Lagomarsino on questions related to Andean plant diversification, phylogenetic comparative methods and niche modelling. You can read more about her projects here (https://agnesdellinger.org/).
Janet K. Mansaray
jmansa1 -at- lsu.edu
B.S., Howard University (2017)
Joined LagoLab: Fall 2018
Janet was the first PhD student to join the LagoLab! Janet was an undergraduate researcher in Janelle Burke's lab and then spent a year as the Flora of Pennsylvania intern at the Morris Arboretum. Janet was supported by a Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship for her first two years— Congrats, Janet! Janet's research focuses on the systematics, evolution, and taxonomy of Centropogon subgenus Centropogon. She is particularly interested role of mutualisms in driving patterns of morphological evolution.
Laura A. Frost (postdoc, 2018-21)
lfrost -at- lsu.edu
Ph.D., University of Washington (2018)
B.S., University of Alabama (2012)
Laura is a Neotropical biogeographer and plant systematist. She was an anchor in the LagoLab from late 2018 through July 2021. The projects she worked on include phylogenomics, biogeography, and trait evolution of two Neotropical tree genera, Otoba (Myristiaceae) and Freziera (Pentaphylacaceae). She also worked towards understanding the role of ecological specialization in speciation in Costa Rican Centropogon (Campanulaceae). Laura is now an Assistant Professor at University of South Alabama. She is excited to keep thinking about Pentaphylaceae evolution and teaching evolution in her home state.
Lauren A. Eserman
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2017
M.S., Southeastern Louisiana University, 2012
B.S., Southeastern Louisiana University, 2009
Lauren was the lab's first postdoc and was with us from August 2017–February 2018. Before moving to her current position as lab manager at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Lauren played a crucial role in setting up the lab and generating our first data— on her favorite plant group, morning glories, nonetheless! We miss her, but her legacy will live on in the lab's organization and protocols.
Learn more about Lauren at her personal website!
We are located at:
A257 Life Sciences Annex (office and herbarium)
A303 Life Sciences Annex (lab)
Louisiana State University