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The Latvis Lab



CURRENT: South Dakota State University, Department of Natural Resource Management
AUG 2023: University of Arkansas, Department of Biological Sciences !!!


What do we do?

We are fascinated by plants and the maintenance and assembly of biodiversity. Our research focuses on plant evolution, ecology, and conservation, and we employ a diverse suite of tools that includes fieldwork, genomics, herbarium studies, and computational approaches. Shared evolutionary history (phylogeny or the "tree of life") provides the context with which we explore our research questions.

Where are we?

Our home is in the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University. Located in Brookings, SD, we are on the edge of the beautiful Prairie Coteau and close to the border of Minnesota. Our research has taken us from the Prairie Coteau, to the Black Hills, to the Pacific Northwest, on an epic road trip from the desert southwest to Alaska and back, and throughout the Neotropics. We happily go where the plants and research questions take us.  

South Dakota State University is located in the ancestral territory of the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires), an alliance that consists of the Santee, Yankton, and Teton Lakota peoples.

In Fall 2023, the Latvis Lab will relocate to the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR, is a vibrant college town and recently recognized as one of the best places to live in the US! We can't wait to start botanizing in the Ozarks! 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

All are welcome here. The Latvis Lab is committed to maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and safe working environment, regardless of race, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, family status, socio-economic status, and disability status. 


Maribeth Latvis, PhD

Department of Natural Resource Management

South Dakota State University

McFadden Biostress 

1390 College Ave

Brookings, SD, 57007


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