CNR Assistant Professor, David Tank, was recently featured on the Huffington Post blog for his work with preserved, prehistoric leaves at the Fossil Bowl Race Track in Clarkia, Idaho. Tank and his colleagues are currently seeking to perform a successful DNA extraction on the 15-million year old leaves.
Tank, who came to U-Idaho following post-doctoral research at Yale, is also the director of the University of Idaho Stillinger Herbarium – a collection of more than 200,000 specimens that represents an archive of the diversity of Idaho's vascular plants, nonvascular plants, lichens, and fungi. His research is focused on using molecular methods to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships in plants and to investigate the patterns and processes that shape plant biodiversity. Read the article in the Huffington Post