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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, phylogenetics, molecular evolution and genomics.

The Oakleaf Hydrangea Genome Project

The Southern Live Oak Genome Project

Selected Publications

  • Garnatje T, J Pellicer, J Vallès, N Hall, C Hansen and LR Goertzen (2021) First genome size assessments for Marshallia and Balduina (Asteraceae, Helenieae) reveal significant cytotype diversity. Caryologia in press. 
  • Hall ND, JD Patel, JS McElroy and LR Goertzen (2021) Detection of subgenome bias using an anchored syntenic approach in Eleusine coracana (finger millet). BMC Genomics
  • Taylor C, W Barger, C Hansen, A Schotz and LR Goertzen (2020) The vascular flora of Chewacla State Park, Lee County, Alabama. Castanea 85: 169–184.
  • Hall ND, H Zhang, JP Mower, JS McElroy, LR Goertzen (2020) 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 (

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Undergraduate Graduate
Evolution and Systematics - BIOL3030
Systematic Botany – BIOL5120
Genome Evolution – BIOL7470
Computational Biology Colloquium – BIOL 7970

Last updated: 07/14/2021