Margaret Hanes

A photo of Margaret Hanes



401M Science Complex


[email protected]


  • BS, Northern Arizona University, 2002
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2008

Interests and Expertise

My research explores the processes that create plant biodiversity by investigating the interaction between genetic change and ecology in a community context. I aim to identify the population level evolutionary forces responsible for population divergence in order to delineate independently evolving lineages and species boundaries. This work is conducted in a phylogenetic context to facilitate the detection of current, continuing and historical processes. Because microbial communities influence the ecology, evolution and fitness of plants my research also explores how plant:microbe interactions influence patterns of community structure and diversity. This holistic approach combines classic field experiments, a variety of novel methodological approaches (coalescent-based phylogenetics) and powerful molecular techniques (454-pyrosequencing and genomic fingerprinting). Throughout my career I have traveled to the bottom of the Grand Canyon seeking rare roses, tromped through wet pine savannahs in Louisiana to observe carnivorous plants and combed the island of Madagascar for new species of Hibiscus. Right here in Michigan I intend to study the evolution of local populations of carnivorous pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea) while continuing to work on the phylogeny and population structure of Hibiscus species endemic to Madagascar. Through teaching I will share my enthusiasm for the flora of Michigan as well as my broader knowledge of plant diversity throughout the world. Students have a wide variety of resources here at EMU to explore plant diversity, including the EMC herbarium (a museum of dried, labeled plants located in Mark Jefferson), the greenhouse collection and Michigan's rich flora!


  • BIO 120 Introductory Biology II
  • BIO 215 Plants and People
  • BIO 315 Evolution
  • BIO 402 Seminar in Biology
  • BIO 412/512 Biogeography
  • BIO 455/555 Plant Evolution and Classification
  • BIO 278/BIOT 591 Botanical Color and Fibers
  • BIO 502 Graduate Seminar
  • BIO 505 Evolutionary Biology
  • BIO 679 Teaching Undergraduate Biology 

Publications and Presentations

  • M. Hanes. (in press). Malvaceae chapter in The new natural history of Madagascar. Goodman, S. M. (ed.). Princeton, Princeton University Press.
  • Hanes, M. (in press). Treatment of the Malvaceae. In Flora of New Mexico. Missouri Botanical Press.
  • Hanes, M., G. E. Schatz and M. W. Callmander. 2020. Transfer of the Malagasy genera Humbertianthus and Macrostelia to Hibiscus (Malvaceae) with description of four new species. Candollea 75: 193-202. In English, English and French abstracts.
  • Moscoe, L. and M. Hanes. 2019. Taste of Life: Science outreach made delicious. Plants, People, Planet. 00:1-5
  • Hanes, M. and R. S. Jabaily. 2018. Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) PlantNetwork: The BSA’s Newest Section. Plant Science Bulletin 64(3):151-152.
  • Hanes, M. 2015. Treatment of the Malvaceae family description, discussion and keys. In Flora of North America north of Mexico Volume 6. Oxford University Press- New York.
  • Zellmer, A., M. Hanes, S. Hird, and B. Carstens. 2012. Next-generation sequencing reveals Phylogeographic structure and local adaptation in the carnivorous plant Sarracenia alata. Systematic Biology 61(5): 763–777
  • Koopman, M. and B. Carstens. 2011. The microbial phyllogeography of the carnivorous Pale Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia alata). Microbial Ecology 61: 750–758.
  • Koopman, M. 2011. A revision of the Malagasy endemic genus Megistostegium Hochr. (Hibisceae: Malvaceae). Adansonia 33(1): 101–113
  • Koopman, M and D. A. Baum. 2010 Isolating nuclear genes and identifying lineages without monophyly: An example of closely related species from Southern Madagascar. International Journal of Plant Sciences. 171:761–771
  • Koopman, M and B. Carstens. 2010. Conservation genetic inferences in the carnivorous pitcher plant Sarracenia alata (Sarraceniaceae). Conservation Genetics Available online.
  • Koopman, M., D. Fuselier, S. Hird, and B. Carstens. 2010. Bacterial characterization of the carnivorous Pale Pitcher Plant reveals diverse, distinct and time-dependent communities. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 76: 1851–1860
  • Koopman, M., E. Gallagher and B. Carstens. 2009. Isolation and characterization of nine microsatellite loci in the Pale Pitcher Plant Sarracenia alata (Sarraceniaceae). Molecular Ecology Resources. 9: 1460–1466.
  • M. Callmander, C. Rakotovao, J. Razafitsalama, P. B. Phillipson, S. Buerki, C. Hong- Wa, N. Rakotoarivelo, S Andriambololonera, M. Koopman, T Deroin, D. M. Johnson, R. Andriamandranto, S. Solo, J-N. Labat and P. P. Lowry II. 2009. New species from two unknown and highly threatened mountainous areas in north-western Madagascar: the Galoka and Kalabenono massifs. Candollea: Journal International de Botanique Systematique 64(2): 179–202.
  • Koopman, M. and D. A. Baum. 2008. Phylogeny and Biogeography of Hibisceae (Malvaceae) on Madagascar. Systematic Botany 33: 364–374.
  • Koopman, M. and T. Ayers. 2005. Nectar spur evolution in the Mexican Lobelias (Campanulaceae: Lobelioides). American Journal of Botany 92:558–562

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