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Philip Bentz

Graduate Student
2203 Miller Plant Sciences
2203 Miller Plant Sciences
Research Interests:

In my research, I explore how separate sexes (dioecy) and sex chromosomes evolve in plants, using comparative genomics and phylogenetic approaches.


2021, Plant Center Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, The Plant Center (University of Georgia), Using PacBio HiFi long-reads to assemble the genome for a dioecious species of Asparagus.

2021, Bill Dahl Graduate Student Research Award, Botanical Society of America.

2021, R. C. Lewontin Early Award - Graduate Research Excellence Grant. Society for the Study of Evolution, Identifying and assembling Y-linked genes across the genus Asparagus using short-read sequence data.

Selected Publications:

Google Scholar Profile

Sharples MT, Bentz PC, Manzitto-Tripp EA. Evolution of apetaly in the cosmopolitan genus Stellaria. American Journal of Botany. 2021 May 12;108(5):869-882. PubMed PMID: 33982285. DOI:


2019 - Admission to Ph.D. program in Department of Plant Biology at University of Georgia.

2017 - Post-baccalaureate in Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Colorado.

2015 - B.S. in Hospitality Management from University of North Texas.

Of note:
Articles Featuring Philip Bentz

Philip Bentz, a Plant Biology PhD Candidate in the Leebens-Mack Lab, has recently published an innovative research article that delves into the evolutionary origins of dioecy within the genus Asparagus. Dioecy…

Kelly McCrum, a graduate student co-advised by Jill Anderson and Anny Chung and Philip Bentz, a graduate student advised by Jim Leebens-Mack were awarded by The Society for the Study of Evolution. Congratulations! These grants are part of the…

Major Professor

Committee Members

Alexander Bucksch

Courtesy Faculty in Plant Biology

Shu-Mei Chang

Professor, Plant Biology

External Committee

Dr. Michael White Assistant Professor of the Department of Genetics at UGA

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