Postdoctoral Fellow

Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022




Welcome to my blog.


I use this space to post short updates about my work and the like. If there's anything you'd like to see or ask me about, feel free to leave a comment here. You can also tweet me @angelajmcd.

By Angela, Apr 23 2019 07:42PM

Today started briiiight and early, with a live interview with my supervisor, Chris Martine, and I on the sunrise show on AM radio, local station WKOK from Sunbury, PA.

It was a really fun exercise in scicomm for me and such a treat to watch real radio and communications experts operate. We did two segments, one mostly about a new species that is *just about* to come out in an upcoming issue of PhytoKeys. The species is Solanum plastisexum from the Northern Territory of Australia. So, we talked a little about that and the process of describing new species. The second half of the interview covered upcoming episodes of Chris's YouTube series, "Plants are cool, too!". We also touched on diversity in science education and the importance of science communication a bit.

It was fun! You can check it out at the link below:

By Angela, Feb 17 2018 08:17PM

An overview of Matelea hirtelliflora's discovery in Texas and a nice interview of Mark and I are a part of the new issue of the OSU College of Arts and Sciences' magazine. They did a great job highlighting the importance of biodiversity discovery and new species description. It also features a nice photo of the OSU herbarium!

Check it out here:

By Angela, Feb 17 2018 07:31PM

Just before New Year's, Matt Candeias (brains/host/plant geek behind In Defense of Plants) asked me if I would be interested in chatting with him about milkweeds on his show! We chatted for a bit about my career path and how I got involved in milkweed research as well as some of the specifics about my dissertation. Here's the episode that came out in January! I was pretty nervous, but it turned out well (thanks for the good editing, Matt!).

Here's the link to Episode 145, Obscure Apocynaceae Appreciation, which you can download or listen to directly on the site: