Travis Marsico, Ph.D.

/Professor, Associate Chair, Curator, Arkansas State University Herbarium (STAR)



My research focuses on biogeography, biodiversity conservation, community ecology, natural history, and species invasions. I currently research risk associated with hitchhiking plant propagules at US shipping ports, invasion of herbivorous insect pests, plant diversity patterns in fragmented landscapes of the Mississippi River Alluvial Plain, and plant diversity patterns along elevation gradients in the Neotropics.  My research emphasizes making and utilizing natural history collections in research.  I also study biology education and improvements to university-level education utilizing specimen-based projects in coursework.  I have been a faculty member at Arkansas State University for 12 years, where I teach Curation of Collections,  Dendrology, Natural History Collections Research Design, Plant Systematics, and Wetland Plant Ecology.  At A-State, I curate the herbarium and manage the Laboratory Sciences Greenhouse.