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Leslie R. Goertzen
Biological Sciences
Associate Professor and Director, John D. Freeman Herbarium, Auburn University Museum of Natural History

Office: 313 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.

101 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.
Auburn University, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-1637


PhD — Texas
BSc — Université d'Ottawa

Research and Teaching Interests

Plant evolutionary biology including systematics, phylogeny, molecular evolution and genomics.

Selected Publications

  • Hall ND, H Zhang, JP Mower, JS McElroy, LR Goertzen (2019) The mitochondrial genome of Eleusine indica and characterization of gene content within Poaceae. Genome Biology and Evolution evz229, 

  • Powell RV, CR Willet, LR Goertzen, AM Rashotte (2019) Lineage specific conservation of cis-regulatory elements in Cytokinin Response Factors. Scientific Reports 9(1): 13387. 

  • Melton AE, PJ Zwack, AM Rashotte, LR Goertzen (2019) Identification and functional characterization of the Marshallia (Asteraceae) Clade III Cytokinin Response Factor (CRF). Plant signaling & behavior 1-6. 

  • Zhang H, ND Hall, LR Goertzen, CY Chen, E Peatman, J Patel, JS McElroy (2019) Transcriptome analysis reveals unique relationships among Eleusine species and heritage of Eleusine coracanaG3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 9 (6): 2029-2036.

  • Zhang H, ND Hall, LR Goertzen, B Bi, CY Chen, E Peatman, EK Lowe, J Patel, JS McElroy (2019) Development of a goosegrass (Eleusine indica) draft genome and application to weed science research. Pest management science (

  • Mincey KA, AE Melton, ND Hall, LR Goertzen, RS Boyd (2018) Plastid genome variation within the nickel hyperaccumulator Streptanthus polygaloides (Brassicaceae) and its phylogenetic implications. Integrative and Comparative Biology 58: E379-E379.

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Undergraduate Graduate
Evolution and Systematics - BIOL3030
Plant Systematics – BIOL5120
Genome Evolution – BIOL7470
Bioinformatics Colloquium – BIOL 7970

Last updated: 10/31/2019