BenU Faculty
Research Molecular Geneticist, USDA Forest Service (2000-2004)
Post-doc, Smithsonian Institution (1997-1999)
Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens (1997)
M.S., University of Minnesota, St. Paul (1991)
B.A., St. Olaf College (1987)

Courses Taught
Biology of Complex Systems, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Woody Plants Western Great Lakes Region, Biology Teaching, Biological Research

Awards and Recognition
Distinguished Faculty Award for Research 2012
Dean's Award for Research 2007

Research Area
Network and Systems Biology; DNA Linguistics; Plant Molecular Ecology; Scientometrics and Philosophy of Science, Wittgenstein

Current Research Project

  • Gene regulatory networks, promoter networks, and/or protein similarity networks and the evolution of natural languages.

Recent Publications

  1. Aldrich PR, Horsley R, Turcic S (2012, in press) Hybridization network for the system of woody plant gene pools in the United States. Plant Biosystems

  2. Aldrich PR, Horsley RK, Turcic SM (2011) Symmetry in the language of gene expression: A survey of gene promoter networks in multiple bacterial species and non-σ regulons. Symmetry 3: 750-766.

  3. Aldrich PR (2011) Diffusion limited aggregation and the fractal evolution of gene promoter networks. Network Biology 1(2):99-111.

  4. Aldrich PR, Cavender-Bares J (2011) Quercus. In: Kole C, editor. Wild Crop Relatives: Genetic, Genomic and Breeding Resources, Volume 10: Relatives of Forest Trees. Heidelberg: Springer.

  5. Aldrich PR, Horsley RK, Ahmed YA, Williamson JJ, Turcic SM (2010) Fractal topology of gene promoter networks at phase transitions. Gene Regulation and Systems Biology 2010(4): 75–82.

  6. Aldrich PR, Briguglio J, Kapadia S, Morker M, Rawal A, Kalra P, Huebner C, Greer GK (2010) Genetic structure of the invasive tree Ailanthus altissima in eastern United States cities. Journal of Botany 2010(795735): 9 pg.

  7. Aldrich PR (2008) Chapter 9: Molecular Mapping and Breeding in Forest Trees, vol. 2. In: C. Kole and Abbott (eds.), Principles and Practices of Plant Genomics, Science Publishers, Inc., Enfield, New Hampshire, USA

  8. Aldrich PR, Brusa A, Heinz CA, Greer GK, Huebner C. (2008) Floral visitation of the invasive Stinking Ash in western suburban Chicago. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 101: 1-12.

  9. Aldrich P R, Glaubitz J, Parker GR, Rhodes OE, Michler CH (2005) Genetic structure inside a declining red oak community in old-growth forest. Journal of Heredity 96: 627-634.

  10. Aldrich PR, Parker GR, Romero-Severson J, Michler CH (2005) Confirmation of oak recruitment failure in Indiana old-growth forest: 75 years of data. Forest Science 51: 406-416.

Preston Aldrich, Ph.D.

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William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
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