TCBES student Gary Sur publishes work from his undergraduate research!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 1:57am by

Congratulations to Gary Sur for publishing work from his undergraduate research with his supervisor Elizabeth Stacy and co-authors! Their paper, “Leaf Micromorphology Aids Taxonomic Delineation within the Hypervariable Genus Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) on O’ahu“, was published in the July 2018 issue of Pacific Science.¬†
Using scanning electron and light microscopy, Sur examined leaves from each of 10 O‚Äėhia varieties along an elevational gradient. He found that¬†stomatal complex and secretory structure traits were able to¬†differentiate all four glabrous varieties, and two of the three pubescent varieties. These results indicate that variation in leaf micromorphology can aid delimitation of closely related Hawaiian¬†O‚Äėhia,¬†and may reflect local adaptations across a heterogeneous landscape.
Sur is a Conservation Genomics Research Group member and MSc candidate in the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science program.

SEM of Leaf Stomata in Metrosideros

Scanning electron micrograph of leaf stomata

SEM of Leaf Stomata in Metrosideros