Since 1991, in conjunction with Dennis Whigham and Jay O’Neill of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, I have been studying sex ratio, sexual dimorphism, and differential costs of reproduction in Lindera benzoin (Spicebush). ┬áPresently, we are growing over 500 of these shrubs in our Berry College nursery, with the intent of determining primary sex ratio and differences between males and females in size and growth patterns. ┬áStudents Royce Dingley and Patrick Felch are currently involved in this project.

Spicebush Seedlings at Berry July 2014