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  • Post Doc at the University of Minnesota with Peter Tiffin (Started August 2015)
  • Ph.D. from Duke University, Kathleen Donohue (2009-2015)
  • Post-bac at Brown University in the lab of Johanna Schmitt (2007-2009)
  • BA from Carleton College in Biology (Magna Cum Laude) 2003-2007



Liana T. Burghardt*, D. Trujillo* B. Epstein, P. Tiffin, and N. D. Young. Select and resequence screening reveals rhizobia strain-specific effects of nodule-specific PLAT domain genes in Medicago truncatula

*equal contribution


Liana T. Burghardt, Brendan Epstein, P. Tiffin. 2019. Legacy effect of prior host genotype and soil selection on rhizobial mutualist fitness in planta. Evolution (early view)

Liana T. Burghardt. Evolving together, evolving apart: Measuring the fitness of rhizobial bacteria in and out of symbiosis with leguminous plants. 2019. New Phytologist. Tansley Insight entry for the Tansley medal (early view)

J. Tomasek, Liana T. Burghardt, and R. K. Shriver. Filling in the gaps in survival analysis: inferring time-varying responses to the environment from interval-censored field data. Ecology (open access)

Gorton, Liana T. Burghardt, & P. Tiffin. Life History Evolution of Plants in Urban Environments. Urban Evolutionary Biology. Eds. M. Szulkin, J. Munshi-South, & A. Charmantier (in press)


Liana T. Burghardt, B. Epstein, J. Guhlin, M. Nelson, M. Sadowsky and P. Tiffin. 2018. Select and resequence reveals relative fitness of bacteria in symbiotic and free-living environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1714246115

B. Epstein, R, Abou-Shanab, A. Shameldsin, M. Taylor, J. Guhlin, Liana. T. Burghardt, M. Nelson, M. Sadowsky, and Peter Tiffin. Genome-wide association analyses in the model rhizobium Ensifer meliloti. mSphere. doi: 10.1128/mSphere.00386-18


Liana T. Burghardt, J. Guhlin, P. Zhou, J. Liu, R. Stupar, N. D. Young, P. Tiffin. 2017. Transcriptomic basis of genome by genome variation in a legume-rhizobia mutualism. Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.1111/mec.14285 (Highlighted in a Perspective)

B. Edwards, Liana T. Burghardt, K. Kovach, and K. Donohue. 2017. Canalization of seasonal phenology in the presence of developmental variation: Seed dormancy cycling in an annual weed. Integrative and Comparative Biology doi: 10.1093/icb/icx065 (Special Issue: Evolutionary Impacts of Seasonality)

Liana T. Burghardt, Nevin D. Young, P. Tiffin (2017). A guide to genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in plants. Current Protocols in Plant Biology 2:22-38. doi: 10.1002/cppb.20041

S. J. Curtin, P. Tiffin, J. Guhlin, P. Atkins, N. J. Baltes, Liana T. Burghardt, R. Denny, D. F. Voytas, R. M. Stupar, and N. D. Young (2017). Validating genome-wide association candidates: selecting, testing, and characterizing genes that control quantitative variation in rhizobial nodulation. Plant Physiology. DOI:10.1104/pp.16.01923

Liana T. Burghardt and C. J. E. Metcalf. 2017. The evolution of senescence in annual plants: the importance of phenology and the potential for plasticity. The Evolution of Senescence across the Tree of Life. Eds: R. P. Shefferson, O. Jones, R. Salguero-Gómez.

Waters, I. Makarevitch, J. Noshay, Liana T. Burghardt, C. Hirsch, C. Hirsch, and N. Springer. (2017). Natural variation for regulation of gene expression responses to abiotic stress in maize. The Plant Journal. 89:707-717 published version


Liana T. Burghardt, D. E. Runcie, A. M. Wilczek, M. D. Cooper, J. L. Roe, S. M. Welch, and J. Schmitt. 2016. Fluctuating, warm temperatures decrease the effect of a key floral repressor on flowering time in Arabidopsis thaliana. New Phytologist 210: 564–576 (author version, definitive version)

Liana T. Burghardt, C. J. E. Metcalf, and K. Donohue. 2016. A cline in seed dormancy helps conserve the environment experienced during reproduction across the range of A. thaliana. American Journal of Botany 103: 47-59 (preprint, published version).

Liana T. Burghardt, B. Edwards, and K. Donohue. 2016. Multiple paths to similar germination behavior in Arabidopsis thaliana. New Phytologist 209: 1301–1312. (Early view)

Edwards B. R., L. T. Burghardt, M. Zapata-Garcia, and K. Donohue. 2016. Maternal temperature effects on dormancy influence germination responses to water availability in Arabidopsis thaliana. Environmental and Experimental Botany 126: 55-67.


C. Jessica E. Metcalf, Liana T. Burghardt, and David Koons. Avoiding the crowds: the evolution of plastic responses to seasonal cues in a density dependent world. 2015. Journal of Ecology 103:819-828. (link) (pdf) (FigS1) (Rcode)

Gabriela A. Auge, Logan K. Blair, Liana T. Burghardt, Jennifer Coughlan, Brianne Edwards, Lindsay D. Leverett and Kathleen Donohue. 2015. Secondary dormancy induction depends on primary dormancy status in Arabidopsis thaliana. Seed Science Research (in press). (pdf)

Kathleen Donohue, Liana T. Burghardt, Daniel Runcie, Kent J. Bradford, and Johanna Schmitt. 2015. Applying developmental threshold models to evolutionary ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Vol 30 Issue 2 66-77 (link) (pdf)

Liana T. Burghardt, C. Jessica E. Metcalf, Amity Wilczek, Johanna Schmitt, and Kathleen Donohue. 2015. Modeling the influence of genetic and environmental variation on the expression of plant life cycles across landscapes. American Naturalist. Vol 185, 212-227. (link) (pdf) (AppendixA) (AppendixB)


Chunhui Zhang, Charles Willis, Liana T. Burghardt, Wei Qi, Kun Liu, Paulo Filho, Zhen Ma, and Guozhen Du. 2014. The community-level effect of light on germination timing in relation to seed mass: a source of regeneration niche differentiation. New Phytologist. Vol 204, Issue 3 496-506 (link) (pdf)

C. G. Willis, C.C Baskin, J.M Baskin, J.R Auld, D.L Venable, C, J. Cavender-Bares, K. Donohue, Casas, K. Bradford, L. T. Burghardt, S. Kalisz, S. Meyer, J. Schmitt, S. Strauss, and A. Wilczek. 2014. The evolution of seed dormancy: Environmental cues, evolutionary hubs, and diversification of the seed plants. New Phytologist
 203: 300 -309.


Kathleen Donohue, Rafael Rubio de Casas, Liana T. Burghardt, Katherine Kovach, and Charles G. Willis. 2010. Germination, post-germination adaptation, and species ecological ranges.  Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. Vol 41 293-319. (link) (pdf)

Amity Wilczek, Liana T. Burghardt, Alex R. Cobb, Martha D. Cooper, Stephen M. Welch, Johanna Schmitt. 2010. Genetic and physiological bases for phenological responses to current and predicted climates. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. Vol 365, Issue 1555 3129-3147. (link) (pdf)


June 2019       Spotlight Session at Evolution Meeting—“Origins, stability, and benefits of interspecific cooperation in a changing world”. Providence Rhode Island.

Apr. 2019        Appalachian State. Boone, NC

Mar. 2019        University of Massachusetts. Amherst, MA

Feb. 2019         University of Arizona. Tuscan, AZ

Feb. 2019         Cornell University. Ithaca, NY

Jan. 2019         Penn State University. Happy Valley, Pennsylvania

Nov. 2018        Carleton University. Ottawa, Canada

Sept. 2018       Young Microbiologist Symposium. John Innes Center, Norwich, England

Sept. 2018       Carleton College. Northfield, Minnesota–undergraduate audience

Aug. 2018        Symposium organizer for II Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology.   Parasite and symbiont niches: host specificity and beyond. Montpellier, France.

March 2018     UW Crow Early Career Seminar Series. Madison, Wisconsin

March 2018     University of Massachusetts, Boston

Feb. 2018         University of Wyoming, Laramie

Feb. 2018         University of Illinois, Chicago

Jan. 2018         University of Alaska, Anchorage

Oct. 2017         Duke Population Biology Seminar Series. Durham, NC.

Nov. 2016        UPenn Ecology Seminar Series. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sept. 2016       Medicago Genetics and Genomics Workshop. Noble Fdn., Ardmore, OK

Sept. 2016       Plant Biology Seminar. St. Paul, Minnesota

Aug. 2015        European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB). Lausanne, Switzerland

Feb. 2015         Christopher Newport University. Newport News, VA–undergraduate audience

May 2014         UMN Evoltwin Seminar. St. Paul, MN

Feb. 2014         UVA EEB Dept. Seminar. Charlottesville, VA

July 2013         International Workshop on Seed Science. Paris, France

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