Matt Marshall, GK-12 | Biology, UNCG

Matt Marshall, Biology Ph.D. Candidate


Matt Marshall

Matt Marshall received his B.S. degree in Biology in 2006 from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, where he played football for four years and earned 2 championship rings. Matt has been teaching chemistry and Biology since 2011. In 2011 he earned his M.S. in Biology, studying how growing biofuel crops in NC forests impact mammalian communities. He is currently a doctoral student with interests in how plants sense and respond to environmental change. He enjoys exploring wilderness areas including mountains, caves, and forests.

Research Interests

He studies an herb that is common worldwide, Plantago lanceolata. In his research Matt exposes clones of Plantago to different environmental temperatures, records their responses to the thermal environment, and investigates the genetic basis of these physical changes. In addition to advancing our understanding of evolutionary processes in nature, Matt's research will provide important information that will be useful for breeding crops that are able to remain productive in rapidly changing and adverse environmental conditions.