Thomas R. Stoughton
Center for the Environment, MSC 63
Plymouth State University
17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264-1595
Samuel Read Hall Building, Room 217
BA, University of Redlands
PhD, Claremont Graduate University
About Dr. Stoughton:
Thomas Stoughton joined the Biological Sciences Department at PSU in 2016. He is an evolutionary biologist focused on assessing biodiversity of sessile organisms (principally, plants and fungi) using a broad spectrum of biogeographic, cytological, ecological, genetic (including genomic), and morphological data. The main objective of StoughtonÛªs research efforts is to provide useful information to land managers and practitioners of biology so that they can, in turn, make informed decisions regarding conservation of biological diversity.
Dr. Stoughton is an authority on North American tuberousåÊClaytoniaåÊ(Montiaceae), called spring beauties, a group of plants named by Linnaeus that are succulent and not all that distantly related to cacti.åÊClaytoniaåÊare spring ephemerals, which are a type of plant that bloomsåÊveryåÊearly in the spring, often near melting patches of snow (andåÊMorchellaÛ_ yum!). Because of this interesting natural history strategy (extreme early-season flowering phenology), the distributions of many of the alpine and subalpineåÊClaytoniaåÊspecies that Stoughton studies are poorly understood. In addition to an early blooming period, genetically distinctåÊClaytoniaåÊspecies have a propensity to grow together and therefore are prone to hybridization, introgression, and polyploidyÛÒthey simply donÛªt take their chromosomes seriously! This has made sorting outåÊClaytoniaåÊspecies boundaries a priority for Stoughton thus far. Dr. StoughtonÛªs current research is focused on phylogenomics of polyploid plant lineages growing in and around the Great Basin, and biogeographic patterns of bolete species complexes growing in New England, includingåÊHarrya chromapesåÊ(Boletaceae), the yellowfoot bolete, a primarily eastern North American species that also occurs in Costa Rica and China.
- Stoughton, TR, DD Jolles and HA Bartosh. 2014. Recognizing a new species ofåÊSileneåÊ(Caryophyllaceae) from California: a splitterÛªs game?åÊCalifornia Fish and GameåÊ100(1): 138ÛÒ1524.
- Stoughton, TRåÊand DD Jolles.åÊ2013. Discovery ofåÊClaytonia lanceolatavar.åÊpeirsoniiåÊin the San Bernardino Mountains perpetuates a history of taxonomic uncertainty.åÊAliso: A Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary BotanyåÊ31(1): 35ÛÒ42.
- Fraga, N.S., L.J. Gross, D.S. Bell, O.J. Mistretta, J.M. Wood andåÊT.R. Stoughton. 2013.åÊ The Vascular Flora of the Upper Santa Ana River Watershed, San Bernardino Mountains, California.åÊCrossosomaåÊ37: 9-111.