W. Grant Morton
Position title: Ph.D. Candidate (2016-present)
Background & Research Interests: Grant is especially interested in the germination of North American orchid seeds, and the role of fungi in orchid seed germination. He hopes that his research will allow for the propagation and reintroduction of endangered orchids back into the wild. He was a student and lecturer at Illinois College for several years, and earned his MS degree at Southern Illinois University.
Dissertation: “Conservation of North America’s native Vanilla species: Population genetics, in vitro seed germination, red listing, and demographics”. Currently in development.