Randy Linder


University of Texas at Austin
Department of Integrative Biology
1 University Station #A6700
Austin, TX 78712
phone: +1 (512) 471 7826
fax: +1 (512) 471 7826
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1982 B.A., St. John's College, Sante Fe
1987 M.S., Cornell University
1994 Ph.D., Brown University

Research interests

My research focuses on three areas: the evolution of complex character traits in a phylogenetic context, the genetic architecture of species, and genetic maternal effects in seeds. I use modern molecular techniques, computer modeling, and traditional experimental approaches. My primary work is the evolution of angiosperm seed-oil composition. I study the selective forces that have generated the wide variety of oils in seeds, especially the balance between saturated and unsaturated oils. I am also involved in a project with Dr. Loren Rieseberg of Indiana University to develop simulation models that test how different levels and types of selection affect the genetic architecture of hybrids and populations experiencing introgression. Finally, I am using Brassica rapa (a wild mustard) as a model system to test how maternal effects influence the fitness and performance of seeds.

Selected publications

  1. Linder, C.R., Moore, L.A., and Jackson, R.B. 2000. A universally applicable molecular method for identifying most underground plant parts to species. Molecular Ecology 9: 1549-1559.
  2. Ackerly, D.D., S.A. Dudley, S.E. Sultan, J. Schmitt, J.S. Coleman, C.R. Linder, D.R. Sandquist, M.A. Geber, A.S. Evans, T. Dawson, and M.J. Lechowicz. 2000. The evolution of plant physiological traits: recent advances and future directions. BioScience 50:979-995.
  3. Linder, C.R. 2000. Evolution and adaptive significance of the balance between saturated and unsaturated seed oils in angiosperms. The American Naturalist 156:442-458.
  4. Linder, C.R., L.R. Goertzen, B. Vanden Heuvel, J. Francisco-Ortega, R.K. Jansen. 2000. The external transcribed spacer of the rDNA repeat: a new nuclear region for low-level taxonomic analysis of the Asteraceae and closely allied families. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 14:285-303.
  5. Kimura, S., W. Laosinchai, T. Itoh, X. Cui., C.R. Linder, and R.M. Brown Jr. 1999. Immunogold labeling of rosette terminal cellulose synthesizing complexes in a vascular plant (Vigna angularis). The Plant Cell 11:2075-2086.
  6. Jackson, R.B., L.A. Moore, W.H. Hoffman, W.T. Pockman, and C.R. Linder. 1999. Ecosystem rooting depth determined with caves and DNA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 96:11387-11392.
  7. Rieseberg, L.H. and C.R. Linder. 1999. Hybrid classification: insights from genetic map-based studies of experimental hybrids. Ecology 80:361-370.
  8. Linder, C.R. 1998. Potential persistence of escaped transgenes: seed germination and dormancy in transgenic canola and wild x canola hybrids. Ecological Applications 8:1180-1195.
  9. Schilling, E.E., C.R. Linder, R. Noyes, and L.H. Rieseberg. 1998. Phylogenetic relationships in Helianthus (Asteraceae) based on nuclear ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer region sequence data. Systematic Botany 23:177-187.
  10. Linder, C.R., I. Taha, G.J. Seiler, A. Snow, and L.H. Rieseberg. 1998. Long-term introgression of crop genes into wild sunflower populations. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 96:339-347.