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Patrick Smallwood

Graduate Student
3503 Miller Plant Sciences
3503 Miller Plant Sciences
Research Interests:

I am interested in orchids. Specifically the seemingly paradoxical observation of individuals being able to produce 10,000s - 100,000s of wind dispersed seeds in a single fruit, yet many terrestrial populations are often small and highly fragmented across the landscape. Focal questions include what limits recruitment within populations, what limits the ranges of orchid species, to what degree are populations connected through geneflow, and what are the historic patterns of migration. On a more broad level I am interested in how environmental factors limit migration and ranges within plant species.


2019 Orchid Society of America

2019 Marie Mellinger Grant awarded by Georgia Botanical Society

2018 Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship awarded by Garden Club of America

Dissertation/Thesis Title:
Phylogeography of Cypripedium acaule (Orchidaceae) across its Eastern Range and the Role of Mycorrhizal Symbionts

2016 Admission to the PhD Program in the Plant Biology Department at the University of Georgia

2014 B.S. General Biology, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville GA

Articles Featuring Patrick Smallwood

Patrick Smallwood, a Plant Biology PhD student, was awarded a $8659 research grant from the American Orchid Society! Way to go, Patrick!

Patrick Smallwood, a Plant Biology PhD student in the Trapnell lab, was awarded the 2018 Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship by the Garden Club of America to study Variation in mycorrhizal species associating with Cypripedium parviflorum (Orchidaceae)…

Major Professor

Dorset W. Trapnell

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator

Committee Members

Douda Bensasson

Associate Professor

External Committee

Dr. Marin Brewer Associate Professor of Mycology at Plant Pathology UGA
Dr. Travis Glenn Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science at UGA

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