Christopher R. Hardy, Ph.D.

Keeper of the Herbarium (visit herbarium site)
& Associate Professor of Biology

Courses Taught:

BIOL 100— General Biology
BIOL 101— Foundations of Biology (Fall 2014)
BIOL 108H— Honors Freshman Biology Seminar (Spring 2013)
BIOL 221— Concepts of Botany (Spring 2014)
BIOL 222H— Honors Problem Solving in Botany
BIOL 325 & 625— Plant Systematics (Fall 2014)
BIOL 472-- Service Learning In Environmental Science Education: The Hand's Woods Project (Fall 2007)
BIOL 471— Computational Methods in Systematics (Spring 2009).


Other Duties & Appointments:

Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution
Chair, Vascular Plant Technical Committee, PA Natural Heritage Program
Member, MU Center for Environmental Sciences
Curator, www.Diversity-Of-Life.org and www.PlantSystemantics.org

9 Selected Publications (*student author):

Notes: 1) Click Here for a complete list of Dr. Hardy's publications; 2) Please contact Dr. Hardy for pdfs of publications.


Hardy CR, CD Steinhart. 2013. Forensic botany in the resolution of an agricultural vandalism case. Journal of Forensic Identification 63: 144-154.

Hardy CR, J Ryndock*[MU '09]. 2012. Floral morphology and organogenesis in Tinantia pringlei, along with a review of floral developmental variation in the spiderwort family, Commelinaceae. Botanical Review 78 (4): 416-427.

Linder HP, CR Hardy. 2010. A generic classification of the Restioneae (Restionaceae), southern Africa. Bothalia 40: 1-35.

Hardy CR, LL Sloat*[MU '06], RB Faden. 2009. Floral organogenesis and the developmental basis for pollinator deception in the Asiatic dayflower Commelina communis (Commelinaceae). American Journal of Botany 96: 1236-1244.

Hardy CR, NW Hardy. 2008. Simple biodiversity mashups for non-tech-savvy biologists: a demonstration using the liana flora of Pennsylvania, USA. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 135: 585-594.

Hardy CR, P Moline, HP Linder. 2008. A Phylogeny for the African Restionaceae, and New Perspectives on Morphology's Role in Generating Complete Species Phylogenies for Large Clades. International Journal of Plant Sciences 169: 377-390.
(click here for supporting electronic appendices, matrices, and cladograms)

Hardy CR, HP Linder. 2007. Phylogeny and historical ecology of Rhodocoma (Restionaceae) from the Cape Floristic Region. Aliso 23: 213-226.

Hardy CR. 2006. Reconstructing ancestral ecologies: Challenges and possible solutions. Diversity & Distributions 12: 7-19.

Hardy CR, RB Faden. 2004. Plowmanianthus, a new genus of Commelinaceae with five new species from tropical America. Systematic Botany 29 (2): 316-333.

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