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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Jenna Messick, Ph.D., is currently a professor of biology and herbarium curator at the University of Central Oklahoma. Messick's research interests are plant focused and include taxonomy, ecology, distributions and spatial ecology, phenology, seed germination and climate change.

Education and Certifications

  • B.S. Botany and Anthropology, University of Oklahoma
  • M.A. Biogeography, University of Oklahoma
  • Ph.D. Biogeography, University of Oklahoma

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Unterschuetz, J.A., J.A. Messick, A.J. Moore. 2022. Measuring Changes in Phenology of Oklahoma Asteraceae Species: Using Herbarium Specimens. Oklahoma Native Plant Record.

Moore, A.J., J.A. Messick, J.W. Kadereit. 2020. Range and Niche Expansion Through Multiple Interspecific Hybridization – A Genotyping by Sequencing Analysis of Cherleria (Caryophyllaceae). BMC Evolutionary Biology.

Messick, J.A., and B.W. Hoagland. 2018. Seed Production and Germination of Penstemon oklahomensis Pennell (Plantaginaceae), a Southern Great Plains Endemic. Castanea, 83: 91-103.

Messick, J.A., and B.W. Hoagland. 2013. Potential Distribution Modeling of Penstemon oklahomensis Pennell (Plantaginaceae). Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 7: 891-899.

Hoagland, B.W., Messick, J., Rahman, M., and T. Fagin. 2013. Vegetation Patterns in Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma: An Analysis of General Land Office Survey Records from 1874 and 1905. Publications of the Oklahoma Biological Survey, 12: 1-14.

Messick, J.A., and B.W. Hoagland. 2012. Penstemon oklahomensis (Plantaginaceae) Habitat in Oklahoma. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science, 92: 37-46.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Botanical Society of America
  • Society of Herbarium Curators
  • Flora of Oklahoma

Classes Taught

  • BIO 1224 - Principles of Biology - Diversity
  • BIO 3303 - Genetics
  • BIO 4294 - Plant Taxonomy and Laboratory
  • BIO 5113 - Biogeography

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