B.S. in Biology from Yale in 1989. Second B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Florida (Gainesville) in 1990. Research Fellow at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria from October of 1990 until July of 1991. While there, Lee worked on the phylogeny of wild species of Vigna (cowpea) using chloroplast RFLP analysis.
While in the Bruns Lab, Lee studied the mycorrhizal relations of the native terrestrial orchids Corallorhiza maculata, C. mertensiana, C. odontorhiza, C. striata, C. wisteriana, Cephalanthera austinae, Goodyera oblongifolia and Epipactis helleborine. The first six are non-photosynthetic "myco-heterotrophs." Lee is interested in specificity and the trophic relations of these symbioses. He employed PCR amplification of two ribosomal regions, followed by RFLP analysis or sequencing, to identify the fungal symbionts.
Lee received his PhD in June of 1997. The title of his thesis is "The Evolution of Myco-heterotrophy and Specificity in some North American Orchids".
The photo to the right is the Phantom Orchid, Cephalanthera austinae growing in a mature stand of red fir at 5500 feet in Mendocino National Forest.
Lee worked as a post doc in Scott Hodges' lab at the University of California in Santa Barbara after getting his Ph.D at UC Berkeley during 1998 and 1999. In 2000 Lee returned to UC Berkeley and worked as a postdoc in Ellen Simms' lab at the Plant Conservation Research Center.
In September of 2002, Lee began a faculty position at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in the Institute for Arctic Biology.
Click here to see more of the orchids Lee studies.
Click here to go to a poster Lee presented at IMC, 1994.
Orchids of California Orchids of Wisconsin Electronic Orchid Greenhouse Italian Orchids