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Eve Emshwiller

  • PhD
  • Associate Professor of Botany
  • University of Wisconsin Madison
  • 31PublicationsNumber of items in Eve's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 38Followers

Research interests

and its allies; Andean root and tuber crops; conservation of genetic diversity of clonally-propagated crops.” Oxalis tuberosacrop evolution; ethnobotany; polyploidy; agricultural biodiversity; systematics of Oxalidaceae; origin of the tuber crop “oca


Eve Emshwiller’s research interests center on the ethnobotany, evolution, and conservation of crop plants and their wild relatives. Her research has focused principally on the origin of polyploidy, domestication, and ongoing evolution of the Andean tuber crop “oca,” Oxalis tuberosa, and its wild allies. Her current research includes an international collaborative project on phylogeny of the genus Oxalis and a study of the distribution of clonal genotypes of cultivated oca as an example of the evolution of clonally-propagated crops under human influence. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Botany at University of Wisconsin - Madison since August 2006. Previously she was Adjunct Curator of Economic Botany at the Field Museum in Chicago for ~7.5 years. Between her two stints as a student at Cornell (graduate student in the 1990s, undergrad in the mid-1970s), she lived in Maine for 12 years and worked in gardens and greenhouses. Most of her field work to date has been conducted in the central Andean region, including a student Fulbright year in Peru in 1996-7, and a Fulbright Scholar Grant in Bolivia that began in September 2013. She has been active in the Society for Economic Botany, recently serving as its 2009-2010 president.


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  • Sandra Knapp

    Sandra KnappNatural History Museum

  • Brigitte Maass

    Brigitte MaassGeorg-August-Universität Göttingen - University Georg August

  • Jonathan Eisen

    Jonathan Eisen

  • Santiago Madriñán

    Santiago Madriñán

  • Raul Pacheco-Vega

    Raul Pacheco-VegaCIDE - Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

  • Ghasem Karimzadeh

    Ghasem KarimzadehPlant Breeding and Biotechnology Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Tarbiat Modares University (TMU)

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Publications (5)

  • Diversity of Oxalis tuberosa: a comparison between AFLP and microsatellite markers

    • Moscoe L
    • Emshwiller E
  • Geographic differences in patterns of genetic differentiation among bitter and sweet manioc (Manihot esculenta subsp. esculenta; Euphorbiaceae).

    • Bradbury E
    • Duputié A
    • Delêtre M
    • et al.
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  • Shared and separate knowledge among eight cultural groups based on ethnobotanical uses of Rhododendron (Ericaceae) in Yunnan Province, China

    • Georgian E
    • Emshwiller E
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  • Diversification of the American bulb-bearing Oxalis (Oxalidaceae): Dispersal to North America and modification of the tristylous breeding system

    • Gardner A
    • Vaio M
    • Guerra M
    • et al.
  • The relationships of Peruvian Oxalis species to cultivated oca.

    • Emshwiller E

Professional experience

Associate Professor of Botany

University of Wisconsin - Madison

August 2012 - Present

Assistant Professor of Botany

University of Wisconsin - Madison

August 2006 - August 2012(6 years)

Adjunct Curator of Economic Botany

The Field Museum

February 1999 - August 2006(8 years)



Cornell University

September 1992 - January 1999(6 years)