Contact Information
Janelle M. Burke, PhD
Assistant Professor - Department of Biology
Office Location: EE Just Hall Room 328
Office Telephone: 202-806-4172
Laboratory Location: EE Just Hall Room 349
Link to Google Scholar: Janelle M. Burke

B.S., John Hopkins University (2004)
Ph.D., Cornell University (2011)

General Biology (BIOL 102)
Plant Diversity (BIOL 202)
Global Climate Change Biology (BIOL 329)

Director, Howard University Herbarium (HUDC)
Research collaborator, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Associate Editor, Brittonia
International Association for Plant Taxonomy
Member, Botanical Society of America
American Society for Plant Taxonomists

Research Interests
Plant Systematics
Tropical Plant Diversity
Invasive species
Climate Change

Grants and Funding Awards
PI- NSF #1601031: Research Initiation Award: "A model plant group to study the evolution of diverse reproductive systems" 2016-2019
PI- NSF #1600976: Collaborative Research: Digitization TCN: The Mid-Atlantic Megalopolis: "Achieving a greater scientific understanding of our urban world" 2016-2019
co-PI- NSF #1719520: Targeted Infusion Project: "Promoting Environmental Education in Urban Social-Ecological Resilience" 2017-2020

Laboratory Personnel
Kirstie D. Grant (Ph.D)
Daniel Koenemann (Ph.D.)

Research Detailed:
The Burke Lab specializes in plant systematics and plant evolutionary biology, using two groups, the Polygonaceae (knotweeds) and Melastomataceae (princess flowers), as systems. We utilize phylogenetic methodology as a tool to investigate facets of plant evolution, such as breeding systems, pollination syndromes and morphology. In turn, these data are used to revise taxonomy, the plant classification scheme. Current project includes the evolution of sexual systems in the genus Rumex.

Selected Publications
  JM Burke, F. Michelangeli. 2018. Six new species of Miconia from the Andes. Phytotaxa. In press.
  JM Burke, F Michelangeli, D Fernández-Fernández. 2017. Miconia complanata (Miconieae: Melastomataceae), a new species from the border between Ecuador and Peru. Brittonia 69 (3), 370-375
  LA Cardenas, JM Burke, FA Michelangeli. Five new species of Miconia (Melastomataceae) from the Central Peruvian Andes. Phytotaxa 188 (3), 121-134
  Burke, J.M. and F.A. Michelangeli. 2013. Lectotypification of Peruvian Melastomataceae described by Cogniaux from Weberbauer collections. Phytotaxa 125: 10-16.
  Burke, J.M. and F.A. Michelangeli. 2013. Miconia galeiformis and Miconia neei (Miconieae: Melastomataceae), two new species from Bolivia. Brittonia 65: 171-180.
  Burke, J.M. and A. Sanchez. 2011. Revised subfamily classification for Polygonaceae, with a tribal classification for Eriogonoideae. Brittonia 63(4): 510-520.
  Burke, J.M. and A. DiTommaso.2011. Corallita (Antigonon leptopus): Intentional introduction of a plant with documented invasive capability. Invasive Plant Science and Management 4(3): 265-273.
  Burke, J.M., A. Sanchez, K. Kron and M. Luckow. 2010. Placing the woody tropical genera of Polygonaceae: A hypothesis of character evolution and phylogeny. American Journal of Botany 97(8): 1377-1390.