Linda E Graham

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Professor Emerita of Botany


Phone: 608-262-2640

211 Birge Hall

Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Research Interests
Evolutionary origin of land plants, de novo genomic sequencing and metagenomics-based microbiomes of algae and plants, freshwater periphyton ecology
Graham Lab
Linda Graham

Current research:

We are conducting metagenomics-based microbiome analysis and de novo genomic sequencing of algae and early-diverging land plants having established fossil records to:

  • infer the biogeochemical impacts of algae that have been ecologically prominent for hundreds of millions of years.
  • infer biogeochemical impacts of the first land plants.
  • better understand genetic, biochemical, structural, and reproductive transformations that occurred early in plant history.
  • design engineered systems that employ algae and early-diverging plants for new technological applications that include environmental remediation.
  • generate examples of bacterial, protist, and plant metagenomic and genomic systems for general biology and botany textbooks.



Algae, non-majors botany


Recent Publications:

Graham et al. 2015 Algae 3e. LJLM Press, Madison WI

Graham, et al. 2015. Plant Biology 3e. LJLM Press, Madison WI

Brooker, Widmaier, Graham, Stiling 2017. Biology 4e, McGraw-Hill, NY

Graham, et al. 2015. Why we need more algal metagenomes. Journal of Phycology 51:1029-1036.

Graham, et al. 2015. A metagenome for lacustrine Cladophora (Cladophorales) reveals remarkable diversity of eukaryotic epibionts and genes related to materials cycling. Journal of Phycology 51:408-418.

Knack, Graham, et al. 2015. Microbiomes of streptophyte algae and bryophytes suggest that a functional suite of microbiota fostered plant colonization of land. International Journal of Plant Sciences 176:405-420.

Graham, et al. 2014. Lacustrine Nostoc (Nostocales) and associated microbiome generate a new type of modern clotted microbialite. Journal of Phycology 50:280-91