Maya L. Shamsid-Deen

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-PhD student-

Faculty Advisor: 
Kenneth Whitney

Northern Arizona University, Master of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology, 2017-2019, Tina Ayers
University of Alabama, Bachelor of Science in Biology, 2013-2017, Juan Lopez-Bautista

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Research Area(s)

Evolutionary Biology,  Plant Biology,  Population Genetics & Phylogenetics

Research Interests:

I am a Botanist with broad plant systematics and evolutionary ecology research interests. I currently investigate the mechanisms of plant colonization and persistence – particularly via phenotypic plasticity and symbiosis. My background includes algal and plant systematics, where my research integrated field work, natural collections, morphology, phylogenomics, taxonomy, and bioinformatics.

Selected Publications:

Shamsid-Deen, M.L., Porter, J.M. 2022. Black Placemaking Under Environmental Stressors: Dryland Farming in the Arid Black Pacific, 1890-1930. Environment and Society 13(1):121-139.

Allen, M.L., Ayers, T. 2021. A Revised Classification of Glossopetalon (Crossosomataceae) Based on Restriction Site-Associated DNA Sequencing. Systematic Botany 6(3): 562 572.


  • National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Ford Predoctoral Fellowship, Fall 2022.
  • The University of Alabama Black Alumni Association 60 for 60 Honoree, 2023
  • Botanical Society of America Ecological Section Student Presentation Award Botany 2023