The Plant Evolutionary Ecology Lab in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at the Ohio State University is directed by Dr. Kristin Mercer. In general, we study plant evolutionary ecology within agricultural systems. Of primary focus is the way that dynamics of ecological processes and evolutionary forces influence important issues in agricultural sustainability, such as conservation of crop genetic resources in centers of origin and biosafety of genetically modified crops.

Please check out the website for more information on specific projects, the resulting publications, and the people that make it happen.


  1. Congratulations Dr. Pace!

    Nov 29, 2018

    Graduate Student Brian Pace passed his Ph.D. defense this month. Congratulations, Dr Pace!

  2. Chile pepper group meets in Columbus

    Nov 29, 2018

    In October 2018 the chile pepper team met face-to-face in Columbus to discuss our progress (and celebrate Dr. Mercer's birthday). It was a busy and productive three days and we look forward to seeing our colaborators, Lev Jardon and Michael Kantar, again soon!

  3. Jack McCoy, our new PhD student, has joined the lab!

    Jul 26, 2018

    Jack comes to us from New Mexico State University where he received his MS in breeding.  He will be working on genetics of drought tolerance in chile peppers, drawing heavily on germplasm from Mexico.  Welcome, Jack!