mark fishbein

Dr. Mark Fishbein

Department Head, Professor and Herbarium Director

Dept. of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

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

405-744-4757 (Research)

405-744-2544 (Head)





PBIO 5110 Professional Development, fall semesters.
This course provides a foundation of skills needed to succeed in graduate school and prepare for a career following graduation.
PBIO 5541 Phylogenomics
Current topics in the theory and application of genome and transcriptome sequencing to phylogenetics, prediction of gene function, and evolution of genes.


The overarching context of my research program is to bridge the understanding that ecologists and evolutionary biologists have gained about how evolution operates within populations and the understanding that systematists and evolutionary biologists have gained about the patterns of biodiversity observed at large spatial and temporal scales. In pursuit of my research goals, I have conducted intensive studies on the phylogenetic relationships of milkweeds (Apocynaceae, Asclepiadoideae), selection on floral traits by pollinators, the dynamics of hybridization driven by variation in floral scent chemistry, and the evolution of defenses against herbivory. My approach emphasizes (1) phylogenetics analyses of plant lineages and (2) the inference and hypothesis testing of evolutionary and ecological processes that produce biological diversity.



Recent Publications


For most recent publication list, see Google Scholar

Juárez-Jaimes, V., L. O. Rodríguez-Morales, M. Paniagua-Ibáñez, G. M. Hernández-Barón, and M. Fishbein. 2022. Riqueza y distribución del género Asclepias (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae) en México. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 93:e933958.

Bitencourt, C., N. M. Nürk, A. Rapini, M. Fishbein, A. O. Simões, D. J. Middleton, U. Meve, M. E. Endress, and S. Liede-Schumann. 2021. Evolution of dispersal, habit, and pollination in Africa pushed Apocynaceae diversification after the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 9: 719741.

Straub, S. C. K., J. Boutte, M. Fishbein, and T. Livshultz. 2020. Enabling evolutionary studies at multiple scales in Apocynaceae through Hyb-Seq. Applications in Plant Sciences 8:e11400.

Fishbein, M. 2020. Apocynaceae. In Meyers, S., T. Jaster, K. E. Mitchell, and L. K. Hardison (eds). Flora of Oregon, Volume 2: Adoxaceae to Fagaceae. Botanical Research Institute of Texas Press, Fort Worth.

Boute, J., M. Fishbein, A. Liston, and S. C. K. Straub. 2019. NGS-Indel Coder: A new pipeline to code indel characters in phylogenomic data with an example of its application in milkweeds (Asclepias). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 139:106534.

Gould, E., J. Sparks, M. Fishbein, and A. Agrawal. 2019. Integrated metabolic strategy: a mechanistic framework for predicting the evolution of carbon gain and water loss tradeoffs within plant clades. Journal of Ecology 107: 1633-1644.

Ollerton, J., et al. 2019. The diversity of pollination systems in large plant clades: Apocynaceae as a case study. Annals of Botany 123:311-325

Fishbein, M., T. Livshultz, S. C. K. Straub, A. O. Simões, J. Boutte, A. McDonnell, and A. Foote. 2018. Evolution on the backbone: Apocynaceae phylogenomics and new perspectives on growth form, flowers, and fruits. American Journal of Botany 105:495-513.

Fishbein, M., S. C. K. Straub, J. Boutte, K. Hansen, R. C. Cronn, and A. Liston. 2018. Evolution at the tips: Asclepias phylogenomics and new perspectives on leaf surfaces. American Journal of Botany 105:514-524.

Weitemier, K., Straub, SC., Fishbein, M., Bailey, CD., Cronn, RC., Liston, A. 2018. The genome and transcriptome of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca): resources for evolutionary, ecological, and molecular studies in milkweeds and Apocynaceae. PeerJ Preprints 6:e26488v1.

Fishbein, M., Gandhi, KN. 2018. Typification of Sarcostemma heterophyllum and Nomenclatural Notes in North American Funastrum (Apocynaceae). Novon : A Journal for Botanical Nomenclature /, 26(2), 165. 

Thompson, S. et al. 2018. Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation. PLoS Biology 16(3):e2005075.

McDonnell, A., M. Parks, and M. Fishbein. 2018. Multilocus Phylogeny of New World Milkweed Vines (Apocynaceae, Asclepiadoideae, Gonolobinae) and the evolution of growth form. Systematic Botany., 43(1), 77.

Fishbein, M. 2017. Taxonomic adjustments in North American Apocynaceae. Phytologia 99:86-88.

Chuba, D., D. Goyder, M. W. Chase, and M. Fishbein. 2017. Phylogenetics of the African Asclepias complex (Apocynaceae) based on three plastid DNA regions. Systematic Botany 42 (1), 148.

McDonnell, A., and M. Fishbein. 2016. Matelea hirtelliflora (Apocynaceae): a new species of milkweed vine from northeast Texas. Systematic Botany 41:781-786.

McDonnell, A., and M. Fishbein. 2016. Polystemma canisferum (Apocynaceae, Asclepiadoideae): a distinctive new gonoloboid milkweed vine from Sonora, Mexico. Phytotaxa 246:78-84.

Pellissier, L., G. Litsios, M. Fishbein, N. Salamin, A. A. Agrawal, and S. Rasmann. 2016. Different rates of defense evolution and niche preferences in clonal and nonclonal milkweeds (Asclepias spp.). New Phytologist 209:1230-1239.

Agrawal, A. A., J. G. Ali, S. Rasmann, and M. Fishbein. 2015. Macroevolutionary trends in the defense of milkweeds against monarchs: latex, cardenolides, and tolerance of herbivory. Pages 47-59 in Oberhauser, K., S. Altizer, and K. Nail (eds.), Monarchs in a Changing World: Biology and Conservation of an Iconic Insect. Cornell University Press, Ithaca.

McDonnell, A., M. Fishbein, M. Quinn, T. Hare, and K. Keith. 2015. Matelea chihuahuensis (Apocynaceae): an addition to the flora of the United States and a synopsis of the species. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 9:187-194.

Weitemier, K., S. C. K. Straub, M. Fishbein, and A. Liston. 2015. Intragenomic polymorphisms among high-copy loci: a genus-wide study of nuclear ribosomal DNA in Asclepias (Apocynaceae). PeerJ> 2:e718.