Assistant Research Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science
Plant Biology Section
I am broadly interested in understanding the evolution of development of plant movement from the perspective of plant vasculature architecture. The Chery lab seeks to link fine-scale mechanisms to large-scale macroevolutionary patterns to address the fundamental question: how do plants move? To achieve this, we use an integrative approach, leveraging tools and techniques from molecular systematics, phylogenetic comparative methods, developmental biology, and cell biology.
Evolution of development of plant anatomy and morphology
With respect to my recent research, my focus has been to elucidate the evolution of development of complex vascular patterns found in the stems of wood vines, which are hypothesized to facilitate their unique abilities to twist and turn throughout the forest canopy without breaking. Most recently, I have been investigating how secondary cell wall modifications which lead to the production of tension wood and gelatinous fibers contributes to the ability of a woody vine to bend.
Chery, J.G.,* Cunha Neto,* I.C., Pace, M.R, Acevedo, P., Specht, C.D., and, C.J. Rothfels. Wood anatomy of the neotropical liana lineage, Paullinia L. (Sapindaceae). Journal of the International Association of Wood Anatomists. In Press. (*=co-first authors)
Chery, J.G. Pace, M.R, Acevedo, P., Specht, C.D. and, C.J. Rothfels. 2020. Modifications during Early Plant Development Promote the Evolution of Nature's Most Complex Woods. Current Biology30: 237-44.
Chery, J.G. Acevedo, P., Rothfels, C.J., and, C.D. Specht. 2019. Phylogeny of Paullinia L. (Paullinieae: Sapindaceae), a diverse genus of lianas with dynamic fruit evolution.Molecular Phylogenetics andEvolution140: 106577
Chery, J.G. Sass, C. and, C.D. Specht. 2017. Development of single-copy nuclear intron markers for species-level phylogenetics: Case study with Paullinieae (Sapindaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences 5: 1700051.
Chery, J.G. 2015. New nomenclatural combinations in the green alder species complex (Betulaceae). Phytokeys 56: 1-6.
The new species, named Ampelorhiza heteroxylon, belongs to a diverse group of tropical lianas called Paullinieae, within the soapberry family (Sapindaceae). More than 475 species of Paullinieae live in the tropics today. Researchers identified...
Academic focus: My lab focuses on the evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) of plants. We integrate classical plant anatomical and developmental techniques with systematics, phylogenetic comparative methods, and cell and molecular...