Kevin Weitemier

Research Interests: 
Population genetics, phylogeography, systematics, botany.
About Me: 

I recently earned my doctoral degree in the Botany and Plant Pathology department at Oregon State University. I'm currently a bioinformatics analyst and e-trainer at OSU's Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing (CGRB). In this position I collaborate with researchers from the OSU community and beyond, assisting with experimental design for sequencing projects (Illumina, PacBio, & other DNA detection techniques) and performing analyses on the resulting data.

Two chapters from my dissertation are currently being prepared for publication: One characterizes the nuclear genome of the common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca; the other uses population genomic techniques to study the jewel milkweed, Asclepias cryptoceras, and its two subspecies spread across the Intermountain West. You can access my dissertation here to read more about those studies.

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Relevant Publications: 

Weitemier K, SCK Straub, M Fishbein, A Liston. 2015. Intragenomic polymorphisms among high-copy loci: A genus-wide study of nuclear ribosomal DNA in Asclepias (Apocynaceae). PeerJ 2:e718. doi:10.7717/peerj.718

Weitemier K, SCK Straub, RC Cronn, M Fishbein, R Schmickl, A McDonnell, A Liston. 2014. Hyb-Seq: Combining target enrichment and genome skimming for plant phylogenomics. Applications in Plant Science 2(9):1400042. doi:10.3732/apps.1400042

Straub, S.C.K., M. Parks, K. Weitemier, M. Fishbein, R.C. Cronn, A. Liston. 2012. Navigating the tip of the genomic iceberg: Next-generation sequencing for plant systematics. American Journal of Botany 99. DOI: 10.3732/ajb.1100335.

Straub, S.C.K., M. Fishbein, T. Livshultz, Z. Foster, M. Parks, K. Weitemier, R.C. Cronn, A. Liston. 2011. Building a model: Developing genomic resources for common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) with low coverage genome sequencing. BMC Genomics 12:211.