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Senior Lecturer, School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand

Dr Kelsey Glennon is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research interests include plant speciation processes, notably polyploidy and hybridization. Additionally her lab group explores the role of chromosome evolution and flower color evolution in the Star Grasses (Hypoxidaceae). She obtained her PhD from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She teaches courses on Molecular Ecology, Evolution, and Current Topics in Evolutionary Biology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Her specific research interests include the role of polyploidy in the speciation and evolution of the Drakensberg plant genus, Rhodohypoxis and the reproductive ecology and population genetics of the African baobab (Adansonia digitata). She has also been involved in research on the genetic diversity, population structure, and polyploid nature of invasive plants, including the prickly pear (Opuntia englemannii) and the saltcedar (Tamarix species).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2010 
    The George Washington University, Biology