Alverson

Dr. Bil Alverson

Data/Lab Manager, Factotum

UW-Department of Botany
Birge Hall, Room 236
430 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 287-6865

walverson @ wisc.edu

Education

  • Postdoc, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Botany Department; Kenneth Sytsma, advisor (1988 – 1990)

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison, Botany/Forestry; Hugh H. Iltis, major professor (1981 – 1986)

  • Missouri Botanical Garden and Washington University, Alwyn Gentry and Peter Raven, advisors (1979 – 1980)

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin–Madison, Botany (1978)

Curriculum Vitae

Current Research Interests

Monographic and floristic work on neotropical Bombacoideae and basal Malvoideae (i.e., Matisia, Pachira, Patinoa, Quararibea, and other traditional “Bombacaceae”) in collaboration with Latin American systematists. I’m currently preparing floristic treatments of these clades for Central America.

Staminal evolution in the Malvatheca Clade of the expanded Malvaceae, which contains two major subclades (Bombacoideae and Malvoideae) that roughly correspond to traditional Bombacaceae and Malvaceae. Monothecate anthers seem to have evolved independently in these subclades and in a manner unlike the traditional narratives.

Biogeography, ecology, and morphological evolution of the Matisieae. Through collaboration with David Baum, I study the phylogenetic structure and evolution of Matisieae, a clade that contains approximately 100 species in the genera Matisia, Phragmotheca, and Quararibea, and which appears to be the sister group to all other Malvoideae (i.e., the clade including all traditional Malvaceae).

Keys to Nature Project. Initiator and participant in a project in which knowledgeable professional and amateur biologists collaborate to produce richly illustrated, web-based identification keys for plants, animals, and fungi in the Western Great Lakes Region, targeting students, teachers, land managers, and conservationists (for example, see keystonature.org/orchids). In September, 2011, Andrew Hipp (Morton Arboretum) and I hosted a workshop in the Field Museum’s BioSynC center to build keys for ca. 200 regional species of sedges (Carex) in fall 2011.

Western Great Lakes NBII Node and Portal. I'm working with A. Hipp and thirteen collaborating institutions to design, fund, and build a consortium that will integrate currently disparate data from 1.2 million herbarium specimens collected in the Western Great Lakes Region into a regional web portal, using technology provided by Symbiota (symbiota.org).

Effects of overabundant deer on the ecology and biodiversity of northern forests. I collaborate with Don Waller’s lab group at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (www.botany.wisc.edu/waller/Research/deerimpacts.html) in a study of the immediate and cumulative effects of herbivory by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on the regeneration of eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) and white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We revisited experimental deer exclosures in northern Wisconsin during 2011 to wrap up that part of the 20-year study; our next task will be to determine how long it takes hemlock saplings to grow out of the browsing “death zone” under typical conditions in northern forests.

Publications

Alverson, W. S. In press. Bombacoideae, Malvaceae (“Bombacaceae”). In P. M. Jorgensen, ed. Catalog of Bolivian Vascular Plants. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis.

Gilmore, M. P., C. Vriesendorp, W. S. Alverson, Á. del Campo, R. von May, C. López W., and Sebastián Ríos O., eds. 2010. Perú: Maijuna. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 22. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Vriesendorp, C., W. S. Alverson, Á. del Campo, D. F. Stotz, D. K. Moskovits, S. Fuentes C., B. Coronel T., and E. P. Anderson, eds. 2009. Ecuador: Cabeceras Cofanes-Chingual. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 21. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Janka, H., M. von Balthazar, W. S. Alverson, D. A. Baum, J. Semir, and C. Bayer.. 2008. Structure, development and evolution of the androecium in Adansonieae (core Bombacoideae, Malvaceae s.l.). Plant Systematics and Evolution 275: 69 – 91.

Alverson, W. S., C. Vriesendorp, Á. del Campo, D. K. Moskovits, D. F. Stotz, and J. Ugaz, eds. 2008. Ecuador, Perú: Cuyabeno-Güeppí. Rapid Biological and Social Inventories Report 20. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Borman, R., C. Vriesendorp, W. S. Alverson, D. K. Moskovits, D. F. Stotz, and Á. del Campo, eds. 2007. Ecuador: Territorio Cofan Dureno. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 19. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Vriesendorp, C., J. A. Álvarez, N. Barbagelata, W. S. Alverson, and D. K. Moskovits, eds. 2007. Perú: Nanay-Mazán- Arabela. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 18. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Vriesendorp, C., T. S. Schulenberg, W. S. Alverson, D. K. Moskovits, and J.-I. Rojas M., eds. 2006. Perú: Sierra del Divisor. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 17. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Díaz, L., M., W. S. Alverson, A. Barreto V., and T. Wachter, eds. 2006. Cuba: Camagüey, Sierra de Cubitas. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 08. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Fong, A., G., D. Maceira, F., W. S. Alverson, and T. Wachter, eds. 2006. Cuba: Parque Nacional “Alejandro de Humboldt.” Rapid Biological Inventories Report 14. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Gibbs, P. E., and W. S. Alverson. 2006. How many species of Spirotheca (Malvaceae s.l., Bombacoideae)? Brittonia 58(3): 245 – 258.

Maceira, D., F., A. Fong G., and W. S. Alverson, eds. 2006. Cuba: Pico Mogote. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 09. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Maceira, D., F., A. Fong G., W. S. Alverson, and T. Wachter, eds. 2006. Cuba: Parque Nacional La Bayamesa. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 13. The Field Museum, Chicago.

von Balthazar, M., J. Schönenberger, W. S. Alverson, H. Janka, C. Bayer, and D. A. Baum. 2006. Structure and evolution of the androecium in the Malvatheca clade (Malvaceae s.l.) and implications for Malvaceae and Malvales. Plant Systematics and Evolution. [Published online 200706: DOI 10.1007/s00606-006-0442-9]

Vriesendorp, C., T. S. Schulenberg, W. S.Alverson, D. K.Moskovits, and J.-I.Rojas M., eds. 2006. Perú: Sierra del Divisor. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 17. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Alverson, W. S. 2005. Community assessment: Rapid assessment teams. Chapter 11.3, pp. 247 – 251 in G. Krupnick and J. Kress, eds. Plant conservation: a natural history approach. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Fong, A., G., D. Maceira F., W.S. Alverson, and J. M. Shopland, eds. 2005. Cuba: Siboney-Juticí. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 10. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Nyffeler, R., C. Bayer, W. S. Alverson, A. Yen, B. A. Whitlock, M. W. Chase, and D. A. Baum. 2005. Phylogenetic analysis of the Malvadendrina clade (Malvaceae s.l.) based on plastid DNA sequences. Organisms, Diversity, Evolution 5: 109 – 125.

Alverson, W. S. 2004. Bombacaceae (Baobab or Balsa-wood Family), including the Bombacoideae clade and Matisieae clade. Pp. 55 – 58 in N. P. Smith, S. A. Mori, A. Henderson, D. W. Stevenson, and S. V. Heald, eds. Flowering plants of the Neotropics. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Baum, D. A., S. D. Smith, A. Yen, W. S. Alverson, R. Nyffeler, B. Whitlock, and R. L. Oldham. 2004. Phylogenetic relationships of Malvatheca (Bombacoideae and Malvoideae; Malvaceae sensu lato) as inferred from plastid DNA sequences. American Journal of Botany 91: 1863 – 1871.

von Balthazar, M., W. S. Alverson, J. Schönenberger, and D. A. Baum. 2004. Floral structure of Malvoideae (Malvaceae s.l.) with emphasis on the androecium development. International Journal of Plant Sciences 165: 445 – 473.

Alverson, W. S., ed. 2003. Bolivia: Pando, Madre de Dios. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 05. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Alverson, W. S., D. K. Moskovits, and I. C. Halm, eds. 2003. Bolivia: Pando, Federico Román. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 06. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Whitlock, B. A., K. G. Karol, and W.S. Alverson. 2003. Chloroplast DNA sequences confirm the placement of the enigmatic Oceanopapaver within Corchorus (Grewioideae: Malvaceae s.l., formerly Tiliaceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences 164 (1): 35 – 41.

Alverson, W. S., D. K. Moskovits, and J. M. Shopland, eds. 2002. Bolivia: Pando, Río Tahuamanu. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 01, second edition. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Pitman, N., D. K. Moskovits, W. S. Alverson, and R. Bormann A., eds. 2002. Ecuador: Serranías Cofán-Bermejo, Sinangoe. Rapid Biological Iinventories Report 03. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Alverson, W.S. and S.A. Mori, 2001. Bombacaceae (Kapok-tree Family). Pp. 139 – 145 in S. Mori et al., eds. Guide to the vascular plants of Central French Guiana. The New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx.

Alverson, W. S., L. O. Rodríguez, and D. K. Moskovits, eds. 2001. Perú: Biabo Cordillera Azul. Rapid Biological Iinventories Report 02. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Alverson, W. S., and D. K. Moskovits. 2001. The hidden wilderness of the Cordillera Azul. In The Field 72(3): 2 – 5.

Gentry, A. H., and W. S. Alverson, 2001. Bombacaceae Kunth. In W. D. Stevens, C. Ulloa Ulloa, A. Pool, and O. M. Montiel, eds. Flora de Nicaragua, Tomo 1. Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 85: 430 – 435.

Alverson, W. S., D. K . Moskovits, and J.M. Shopland, eds. 2000. Bolivia: Pando, Río Tahuamanu. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 01 [English and Spanish versions in separate volumes]. The Field Museum, Chicago.

Donoghue, M. J., and W. S. Alverson. 2000. A new age of discovery. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 87: 110 – 126.

Alverson, W.S., B.A. Whitlock, R. Nyffeler, C. Bayer, and D.A. Baum. 1999. Phylogeny of the core Malvales: evidence from ndhF sequence data. American Journal of Botany 86(10): 1474 – 1486.

Bayer, C., M. F. Fay, A. Y. de Bruijn, V. Savolainen, C. M. Morton, K. Kubitzki, W. S. Alverson, and M. W. Chase. 1999. Support for an expanded family concept of Malvaceae within a recircumscribed order Malvales: a combined analysis of plastid atpB and rbcL DNA sequences. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 129: 267 – 303.

Alverson, W. S. 1999. Bombacaceae, Pp. 326 – 329 in P. M. Jørgensen and S. León-Yánez, eds. Catalog of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis.

Oginuma, K., W. S. Alverson, and D. A. Baum, 1999. A cytological study of three genera of neotropical Bombacaceae (clades Bombacoideae and Malvoideae, Malvatheca). Acta Phytotax. Geobot. 50(2): 173 – 178.

Fay, M. F., C. Bayer, W. S. Alverson, A. Y. de Bruijn, and M. W. Chase. 1998. Plastid rbcL sequence data indicate a close affinity between Diegodendron and Bixa. Taxon 47(1): 43 – 50.

Alverson, W. S., K. G. Karol, D. A. Baum, M. W. Chase, S. M. Swensen, R. McCourt, and K. J. Sytsma. 1998. Circumscription of the Malvales and relationships to other Rosidae: evidence from rbcL sequence data. American Journal of Botany 85(6): 876 – 887.

Alverson, W. S. 1998. Two new subspecies of Quararibea yunckeri (Bombacaceae) from Edo. Veracruz, Mexico. Novon 8(2): 127 – 128.

Baum, D. A, W. S. Alverson, and R. Nyffeler. 1998. A durian by any other name: taxonomy and nomenclature of the core Malvales. Harvard Papers in Botany 3(2): 315 – 330.

Alverson, W. S. and J. A. Steyermark. 1997. Bombacaceae. Pp. 496 – 527 in P. Berry et al., eds. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana, vol. 3. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis.

Alverson, W.S., and D.M. Waller. 1997. Deer populations and the failure of hemlock regeneration in northern forests. Pp. 280 – 297 in W.J. McShea et al., eds. The science of overabundance: Deer ecology and population management. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC.

Waller, D. M., and W. S. Alverson. 1997. The white-tailed deer: A keystone herbivore. Wildlife Society Bulletin 25(2): 217 – 226.

Alverson, W. S. 1994. New species of Catostemma and Rhodognaphalopsis (Bombacaceae) from Venezuelan Guyana. Novon 4(1): 3 – 8.

Alverson, W. S., W. Kuhlmann, and D. M. Waller. 1994. Wild forests: Conservation biology and public policy. Island Press, Washington, DC.

Alverson, B. 1994. The habitat island of Dr. Moreau. Wild Earth 4(2): 7 – 12.

Alverson, W. S. 1994. Results of 1993 fieldwork on Dwarf Lake Iris (Iris lacustris), Lake Huron Tansy (Tanacetum huronense), and Pitcher's Thistle (Cirsium pitcheri) in the Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan. Unpublished technical report prepared for the Hiawatha National Forest, Escanaba, by the Diversity Inventory Group. [90 pp.]

Alverson, W. S., and D. M. Waller. 1992. Is it un-biocentric to manage? Wild Earth 2(4): 9 – 10.

Alverson, W. S. 1991. A synopsis of Phragmotheca (Bombacaceae), with two new species and a new subspecies. Brittonia 43(2): 73 – 87.

Solheim, S. L., D. M. Waller, and W. S. Alverson. 1991. Inventory and monitoring in the Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin. Unpublished technical report prepared for the Office of Technology Assessment, Congress of the United States, Washington, DC. [31 pp.]

Alverson, W. S. 1989. Matisia exalata (Bombacaceae), a new species from the highlands of central Panama. Systematic Botany 14(4): 473 – 475.

Alverson, W. S. 1989. Matisia and Quararibea (Bombacaceae) should be retained as separate genera. Taxon 38(3): 377 – 388.

Alverson, W. S. 1989. Quararibea (Bombacaceae): Five new species from moist and wet forests of Costa Rica and Panama. Brittonia 41: 61 – 74.

Alverson, W. S., and A. Gómez Díaz. 1989. Measurement of the dispersal of large seeds with a magnetic locator. Biotropica 21(1): 61 – 63.

Alverson, W. S., D. M. Waller, and S. Solheim. 1988. Forests too deer: edge effects in northern Wisconsin. Conservation Biology 2(4): 348 – 358.

Alverson, W. S. 1987. A new subspecies of Quararibea funebris (Bombacaceae) from Nicaragua. Annals Missouri Botanical Garden 74(4): 919 – 922.

Solheim, S. L., W. S. Alverson and D. M. Waller. 1987. Maintaining biotic diversity in national forests: The necessity for large blocks of mature forest. Endangered Species Technical Bulletin Reprint 4(8): 1 – 3.

Alverson, W. S. 1986. Quararibea Aubl. s.l. (Bombacaceae) in Mexico, Central America and the Antilles: a taxonomic study. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison. [464 pp.]

Alverson, W. S., W. Kuhlmann, S. L. Solheim, and D. M. Waller. 1986. Statement of reasons supporting the appeal of the Land and Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin. Unpublished technical report prepared for the Wisconsin Forest Conservation Task Force. [343 pp.]

Solheim, S. L., and W. S. Alverson. 1985. Conservation Biology II. Restoration and Management Notes 3(2): 71 – 73.

Constance, L., and W. S. Alverson. 1984. A second species of Cotopaxia (Umbelliferae/Apiaceae) from Colombia. Caldasia 14(66): 21 – 25.

Alverson, W. S. 1984. Quararibea pumila (Bombacaceae), a new endemic from Costa Rica. Brittonia 36(3): 252 – 256.

Alverson, W. S. 1983. Rare plants of Wisconsin Point, Douglas County, Wisconsin. Michigan Botanist 22(4): 132.

Alverson, W. S. and S. L. Solheim. 1983. Wisconsin's critical plant species, part four. Bull. Bot. Club Wis. 15(2):3 – 10.

Alverson, W. S., 1981 – 1982. Wisconsin's critical plant species, parts one to three. Bull. Bot. Club Wis. 13(3) Suppl.: 1 – 10; 13(4): 70 – 79; 14(1): 9 – 10; 14(3): 38 – 44.

Brynildson, I., and W. S. Alverson. 1982. Wisconsin's Endangered Plants. Supplement to Wisconsin Natural Resources 6(3). [48 pp.]

Alverson, W. S. 1981. Results of 1979-1981 field surveys in Wisconsin of vascular plant species potentially endangered or threatened in the United States, Parts One and Two. Unpublished technical report prepared for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Scientific Areas Section and the Office of Endangered and Nongame Species, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison. [200 pp.]

Alverson, W. S., and S. L. Solheim. 1981. Field Survey Report on endangered, threatened and rare vascular plants of the Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin. Unpublished technical report prepared for the U.S. Forest Service by the Scientific Areas Section, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison. [138 pp.]

Alverson, W. S., and W. E. Tans. 1981. Wisconsin's threatened and endangered vascular plant species program. Bull. Bot. Club Wis. 13(2): 13 – 18.

Shepherd, J. D., and W. S. Alverson. 1981. A new species of Catostemma (Bombacaceae) from Colombia. Brittonia 33(4): 587 – 590.

Tans, W. E., and W. S. Alverson. 1979. Endangered, threatened and rare vascular plants of the Chequamegon and Nicolet National Forests, Wisconsin. Unpublished technical report prepared for the U.S. Forest Service by the Scientific Areas Section, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison. [144 pp.]