Bryan J. Peterson



•Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Currently a doctoral student in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Horticulture

M.S. in Horticulture, August 2009

•University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN     

B.S. in Environmental Horticulture, May 2007

Refereed Publications

•Peterson, B.J., W.R. Graves, and J. Sharma. 2011. Phenotypic and genotypic diversity of eastern leatherwood in five populations that span its geographic distribution. American Midland Naturalist 165:1-21.

•Peterson, B.J. and W.R. Graves. 2009. Variation in development and response to root-zone pH among seedlings of Dirca palustris (Thymelaeaceae) from three provenances. HortScience 44:1319-1322.

•Peterson, B.J., W.R. Graves, and J. Sharma. 2008. Color of pubescence on bud scales conflicts with taxonomic keys for identifying species of Dirca L. (Thymelaeaceae). Rhodora 111:126-130.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, fall 2008; fall 2009; fall 2010.  Iowa State University Department of Horticulture.

I was a graduate teaching assistant for Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines for Landscaping (Hort 240).

•Teaching Assistant, fall 2005, fall 2006, & spring 2007.  University of Minnesota Horticultural Science Department.

I was an undergraduate teaching assistant for five courses: Woody and Herbaceous Landscape Plants, Landscape Design I & II, Landscape Operations & Management, and Computer-aided Design (CAD).

Professional Development

Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa, September 2010.

I instructed Garden Club members on Tree Identification, and prepared and administered a graded exam.

Men’s Garden Club of Des Moines, September 2009.

I gave a presentation entitled “The search for new and interesting landscape plants for Iowa Gardens”, in which I highlighted several underused native trees and shrubs.

  1. Ecological Society of America Annual Conferences. 

           Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 2009; presented a research poster.

           Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 2008; attendee.

Graduate Student Horticulture Society, Iowa State University.

President, 2008 - 2009 academic year.

               Secretary, 2009-2010 academic year.

American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.  July 2008.

Presented seminar entitled “Horticultural Evaluation of the Lesser-Known Leatherwoods.”

Iowa State University Department of Horticulture seminar series, December 2007; April 2009; February 2010.

Presented three seminars sharing research results and plans for ongoing research.

•Undergraduate Research Assistant, summer 2006.  University of Minnesota Horticultural Science Department.

I received an undergraduate research grant from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program to conduct research on the potential for stem cuttings of Dirca palustris to root following application of rooting hormones.

Honors and Awards

•In 2007, I was awarded the Philip C. Hamm Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to two undergraduate students who display promise as future plant science researchers in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

•In 2006, I was named an American Society for Horticultural Science Collegiate Scholar.

•Other scholarships I have received include the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Academic Award Scholarship (2005), the Vincent K. Bailey Horticultural Science Scholarship (2005), the Deans Scholar Program Scholarship (2003, 2005, 2006), and the Gopher State Scholarship (2003, 2004).


Curriculum Vitae