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Research Interests

Plant Evolutionary Biology

  • Pollen morphology, ultrastructure and development – phylogenetic implications and structure-function relationships
  • Pollination biology of seed plants – mechanics and evolution
  • Morphology and development of reproductive organs – correlations with pollen and spore structure, development, and function
  • Origins and diversifications of angiosperms

Higher Education

  • Pedagogical, scholarly, and institutional aspects of undergraduate engagement in research
  • Leadership of organizational and cultural change
  • The teacher-scholar role of faculty
  • Faculty workload models
  • Integration of high-impact educational practices into the curriculum

Field Experience

Museum/Collection Experience

  • National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute (Washington, DC)
  • Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
  • Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Texas State University-San Marcos (San Marcos, TX)
  • Swedish Museum of Natural History (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • The Field Museum (Chicago, IL)
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, MO)
  • University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence KS)

Student Research



Jeffrey M. Osborn has received nearly $45 million in grant funding as a principal investigator (PI) and co-principal investigator (Co-PI).  His efforts have been supported by a range of extramural funding agencies, foundations, and organizations; several include the following:

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Henry Luce Foundation
  • J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar Program–Council for International Exchange of Scholars
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, State of New Jersey
  • Petroleum Research Fund–American Chemical Society
  • International Water Lily and Water Gardening Society

In addition to these grants that he has secured as PI/Co-PI, Osborn has helped lead his institutions in winning over $56 million in additional competitive grant support for mission-central efforts.