Staff Spotlight

Dr. Matthew A. Gitzendanner

Matt Gitzendanner headshotAssociate Scientist, Department of Biology
Collection Manager, Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics

301 Dickinson Hall
Museum Road & Newell Drive
GainesvilleFL 32611

Tel: 352-273-1960
Fax: 352-846-2154


Ph.D. Washington State University, 2000

Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics


Concurrent Appointments

Associate Scientist, Department of Biology

User Support and Training, UF Research Computing, UF HPC Center


Research Interests

I am a plant evolutionary geneticist with research spanning diverse fields. Much of my current research focuses on applications of next generation sequencing technologies in evolutionary genetics of non-model organisms. These studies are covering applications in systematics, population genetics and genome sequencing. Other research interests include conservation and population genetics, systematics and bioinformatics.

In addition to my own research, I manage the lab for Drs. Pam and Doug Soltis, and have a quarter time appointment with UF Research Computing at the UF High Performance Computing Center. I also teach courses in Population Genetics, Molecular Ecology and Computational Biology. I am currently conducting training sessions focused on various aspects of Research Computing at UF.


Representative Publications

Gitzendanner, M. A. Use and guidelines for plant DNA analyses in forensics. In D. Hall [ed.] Forensic Botany: A practical guide. Book chapter, in press.

Soltis, D. E., Mavrodiev, E. V., Meyers, S. C., Severns, P. M., hang, L., Gitzendanner, M. A., Ayers, T., Chester, M., Soltis, P. S. Additional origins of Ownbey’s Tragopogon mirus. In press Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.

Gitzendanner, M. A., C. W. Weekley, C. C. Germain-Aubrey, D. E. Soltis, P. S. Soltis. 2012. Microsatellite evidence for high clonality and limited genetic diversity in Ziziphus celata (Rhamnaceae), an endangered, self-incompatible shrub endemic to the Lake Wales Ridge, Florida, USA. Conservation Genetics 13: 223-234.

Hargrove, J., Gitzendanner, M. A. and Austin, J. D. 2011. Isolation and Characterization of 14 Novel Polymorphic Loci for the Florida Mouse (Podomys Floridanus). Conservation Genetics Resources(November 22). doi:10.1007/s12686-011-9562-9.

Soltis, D. E., S. Smith, N. Cellinese, K. J. Wurdack, D. C. Tank, S. F. Brockington, N. F. Refulio-rodriguez, J. B. Walker, M. Moore, B. S. Carlsward, C. Bell, M. Latvis, S. Crawley, C. Black, D. Diouf, Z. Xi, M. A. Gitzendanner, K. Sytsma, Y. Qiu, K. Hilu, C. Davis, M. J. Sanderson, R. Olmstead, W. Judd, M. Donoghue, S. P. Soltis. 2011. Angiosperm phylogeny: 17 genes, 640 taxa. American Journal of Botany 98: 704-730.

Moore, M. J., N. Hassan, M. A. Gitzendanner, R. A. Bruenn, M. Croley, A. Vandeventer, J. W. Horn, A. Dhingra, S. F. Brockington, M. Latvis, J. Ramdial, R. Alexandre, A. Piedrahita, Z. Xi, C. C. Davis, P. S. Soltis, and D. E. Soltis. 2011. Phylogenetic analysis of the plastid inverted repeat for 244 species: insights into deep-level angiosperm relationships from a long, slowly evolving sequence region. International Journal of Plant Sciences 172: 541-558.

Germain-Aubrey, C. C., P. S. Soltis, D. E. Soltis, M. A. Gitzendanner. 2011. Microsatellite Marker Development for the federally listed Prunus geniculata (Rosaceae). American Journal of Botany Primer Notes and Protocols, February 25, 2011.

Chanderbali, A.S., M. Yoo, L. M. Zahn, S. F. Brockington, P. K. Wall, M. A. Gitzendanner, V. A. Albert, J. Leebens-Mack, N. S. Altman, H. Ma, C. W. dePamphilis, D. E. Soltis, P. S. Soltis. 2010. Conservation and canalization of gene expression during angiosperm diversification accompany the origin and evolution of the flower. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107: 22570 -22575.

Lopez-Vinyallonga, S., M. Arakaki, N. Garcia-Jacas, A. Susanna, M. A. Gitzendanner, D. E. Soltis, and P. S. Soltis. 2010. Isolation and characterization of novel microsatellite markers for Arctium minus(Compositae). American Journal of Botany 97, no. 2 (February 1): e4-6.