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Biology and Agriculture

W.C. Morris Building
Room 306
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Fanson Kidwaro, Chair
Phone: 660-543-4933

Department of Biology and Earth Science

Dr. Jay Raveill

Professor of BiologyDr. Raveill


B. S. Northwest Missouri State University
M. S. Southern Illinois University
Ph. D. Vanderbilt University

Teaching interests

I currently teach Biology I and Plant Identification with occasional offerings of other courses.  I also curate the 20.000 specimen UCM Herbarium (WARM) and a direct the operations of the departmental greenhouse.

Research interests

My primary research focus is the taxonomy and phylogeny of North American representative of the leguminous genus Desmodium and related genera.   Current or past projects include: documentation of the rare D. humifusum as a hybrid between two common species, D. paniculatum and D. rotundifolium; distribution of genetic (allozyme) variation among single species and mixed populations of two interfertile species, D. paniculatum and D. perplexum; and preparation of treatments of the genera Desmodium, Lespedeza and Kummerowia for volume two of Steyermark's New Flora of Missouri.  I am presently sequencing chloroplast and nuclear DNA searching for highly variable regions for use in phylogeny construction.

I also maintain an interest in the general flora of Missouri and am conducting floristic surveys on public and private lands.

Department of Biology and Agriculture
Office: WCM 307,  UCM
Phone: 660-543-8812