Dr. April Wynn

April Wynn, holds a M.S. degree in Higher Education from Texas A&M University, a Ph.D. in Genetics from North Carolina State University, and joined the faculty at the University of Mary Washington in 2015. Currently Dr. Wynn is teaching plant physiology and genetics and is in the midst of digitizing the University of Mary Washington Herbarium collection. This project, started in the fall, includes taxonomically updating, repairing, barcoding and digitization of each of the approximately 6000 specimens. The digitization effort is in collaboration with the Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC) consortium and the first phase of digitization should be completed this summer. As a plant geneticist by training, Dr. Wynn’s other research interests include examining the intersection of genetic regulatory networks for seed formation with plant response to environmental stress. Using the model plant system, Arabidopsis thaliana, Dr. Wynn aims to understand the effects of environmental conditions on ovule size and development.