Cody Howard Bio

Dr. Cody Coyotee Howard

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

220Q Henry Bellmon Research Center, Stillwater, OK 74078-3013, USA





PBIO 4005 Field Botany, fall semesters

Botanical field techniques, the vegetation of North America, and the flora of Oklahoma. Terminology of description, use of taxonomic keys, techniques of specimen preservation, field recognition of plant taxa and communities and controlling ecological factors, economic and wildlife significance of dominant taxa, principles of classification and nomenclature. Three weekend field trips required.



Research in the lab broadly centers on understanding the processes that lead to the convergent evolution of traits, and how this relates to disparities in species richness across habitats. We use bioinformatic and phylogenetic methods to understand plant evolution at both broad (e.g., monocots) and shallow phylogenetic scales (e.g., Ledebouria). We regularly leverage publicly available datasets to test and generate hypotheses on plant evolution and diversification. Research in the lab combines phylogenetics, ecology and morphology to understand plant evolution. Personally, I am especially fascinated by the many ways that plants have evolved belowground bud placement, a geographically, morphologically, and phylogenetically diverse habit.


Recent Publications


For most recent publication list, see Google Scholar

Howard CC, AA Crowl, TS Harvey, N Cellinese. Peeling back the layers: first phylogenomic insights into the Ledebouriinae (Scilloideae, Asparagaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution. 2022.

Tribble CM, Martinez-Gomez J, Howard CC, Males J, Sosa V, Sessa EB, Cellinese N, Specht CD. 2021. Get the shovel: morphological and evolutionary complexities of belowground organs in geophytes. American Journal of Botany.

Howard CC, Tribble CM, Martinez-Gomez J, Sessa EB, Specht CD, Cellinese N. 2021. 1,2,3, GO! Venture beyond gene ontologies in plant evolutionary research. American Journal of Botany.

Howard CC, Cellinese C. 2020. Tunicate bulb size variation in monocots explained by temperature and phenology. Ecology and Evolution.