Marcia Waterway

Associate Professor,
McGill University

Plant Science
Raymond Building, 21111 Lakeshore Road
Room R2-019,
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec H9X 3V9
Tel: 514-398-7864
E-mail: marcia.waterway@mcgill.ca
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Education
  • Postdoctorat, U. McGill, 1989
  • Ph. D., Cornell University, 1988
  • Maîtrise, U. of Wisconsin, 1977
  • Baccalauréat, Calvin College - Michigan, 1973


  • Research
    Dr Waterway's research interests are plant systematics, phylogeny and ecological genetics, with emphasis on the Cyperaceae. The focus of her research program is to understand the patterns of species diversity, genetic diversity and clonal diversity in plants in relation to the environments in which they grow, using the genus Carex as a model system. Patterns of species diversity vary widely among the groups of flowering plants. Within the monocotyledons, three large families account for most of the species: grasses (Poaceae), sedges (Cyperaceae) and orchids, (Orchidaceae). Each of these families has both small and large genera, with the genus Carex in the Cyperaceae being one of the ten most species-rich genera in the world. The genus Carex is the largest genus in Canada and is widespread in temperate, boreal, subarctic and arctic habitats, including both wooded and open sites. In collaboration with colleagues from around the world, they are developing a phylogenetic hypothesis for the genus Carex using DNA sequence data and using this phylogeny to study character

    QCBS students
    Previous students (since 2009)
    Julie Dragon, Postdoctoral fellow
    (Start: 2007, End: 2009)
    Thesis title: Hybridization & ecological speciation in salt-tolerant sedges (Carex, Cyperaceae)
    Kathryn Flinn, Postdoctoral fellow
    (Start: 2006, End: 2009)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Martin J. Lechowicz
    Thesis title: Phylogenetic structure of sedge communities in a Quebec old-growth forest
    Catherine Polcz, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2012, End: 2014)

    Thesis title: Comparing genetic diversity of sedges in old-growth forest and forest corridors
    Courses
    PLNT 690 - Research Horizons in Plant Science 1 (Fall and winter / Automne et hiver)
    PLNT 691 - Research Horizons in Plant Science 2 (Fall and winter / Automne et hiver)
    PLNT 358 - Flowering Plant Diversity (Fall / Automne)

    Publications
    42- Specimens at the Center: An Informatics Workflow and Toolkit for Specimen-Level Analysis of Public DNA Database Data
    Pham K.K., Hahn M., Lueders K., Brown B.H., Bruederle L.P., Bruhl J.J., Chung K., Derieg N.J., Escudero M., Ford B.A., Gebauer S., Gehrke B., Hoffmann M.H., Hoshino T., Jiménez-Mejías P., Jung J., Kim S., Luceño M., Maguilla E., Martín-Bravo S., Naczi R.F.C., Reznicek A.A., Roalson E.H., Simpson D.A., Starr J.R., Villaverde T., Waterway M.J., Wilson K.L., Yano O., Zhang S., Hipp A.L.
    2016 Systematic Botany (Date Added: 2017-02-10)

    41- Proceedings Introduction: Phylogeny and Ecological Diversification in Carex
    Hipp A.L., Jiménez-Mejías P., Waterway M.J., Hahn M., Roalson E.H.
    2016 Systematic Botany (Date Added: 2017-02-10)

    40- Ecological and Evolutionary Diversification within the Genus Carex (Cyperaceae): Consequences for Community Assembly in Subarctic Fens
    Waterway M.J., Martins K.T., Dabros A., Prado A., Lechowicz M.J.
    2016 Systematic Botany (Date Added: 2017-02-10)

    39- Clarification of the Use of the Terms Perigynium and Utricle in Carex L. (Cyperaceae)
    Jiménez-Mejías P., Luceño M., Wilson K.L., Waterway M.J., Roalson E.H.
    2016 Systematic Botany (Date Added: 2017-02-10)

    38- Megaphylogenetic Specimen-Level Approaches to the Carex (Cyperaceae) Phylogeny Using ITS, ETS, and matK Sequences: Implications for Classification
    Jiménez-Mejías P., Hahn M., Lueders K., Starr J.R., Brown B.H., Chouinard B.N., Chung K., Escudero M., Ford B.A., Ford K.A., Gebauer S., Gehrke B., Hoffmann M.H., Jin X., Jung J., Kim S., Luceño M., Maguilla E., Martín-Bravo S., Míguez M., Molina A., Naczi R.F.C., Pender J.E., Reznicek A.A., Villaverde T., Waterway M.J., Wilson K.L., Yang J., Zhang S., Hipp A.L., Roalson E.H.
    2016 Systematic Botany (Date Added: 2017-02-10)

    37- Taxonomic and distribution notes on Carex (Cyperaceae) from the Neotropics
    Jiménez-Mejías, P., Fabbroni, M., Donadío, S., Rodríguez-Palacios, G.E., Hilpold, A., Martín-Bravo, S., Waterway, M.J., Roalson, E.H.
    2016 Boletin de la Sociedad Argentina de Botanica (Date Added: 2017-01-11)

    36- Contrasting lineage-specific patterns conceal community phylogenetic structure in larger clades
    Elliott, T.L., Waterway, M.J., Davies, T.J., Prinzing, A.
    2016 Journal of Vegetation Science (Date Added: 2016-01-15)

    35- Phylogeny, systematics, and trait evolution of Carex section Glareosae
    Maguilla, E., Escudero, M., Waterway, M.J., Hipp, A.L., Luceno, M.
    2015 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2015-08-25)

    34- Making Carex monophyletic (Cyperaceae, tribe Cariceae): A new broader circumscription
    Waterway, M.J., Wilson, K.L., Ford, B.A., Starr, J.R., Jin, X.-F., Zhang, S.R., Gebauer, S., Hoffmann, M.H., Gehrke, B., Yano, O., Hoshino, T., Masaki, T., Ford, K.A., Chung, K.-S., Jung, J., Kim, S., Escudero, M., Luceño, M., E., M., Martín-Bravo, S., Míguez, M., Villaverde, T., Molina, A., Simpson, D.A., Bruederle, L.P., Hahn, M., Hipp, A.L., Rothrock, P.E., Reznicek, A.A., Naczi, R.F.C., Thomas, W.W., Jiménez-Mejías, P., Roalson, E.H., Alverson, W.S., Cochrane, T.S., Spalink, D., Bruhl, J.J.
    2015 Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society (Date Added: 2015-08-24)

    33-Biotic and abiotic factors determining co-occurrence patterns in northern Canadian Cyperaceae
    Elliot, TL, Waterway, MJ, Davies, TJ
    2014 BOTANY-BOTANIQUE ( Date Added: 2015-05-19)

    32- Diversification rates and chromosome evolution in the most diverse angiosperm genus of the temperate zone (Carex, Cyperaceae)
    Escudero, Marcial, Hipp, Andrew L., Waterway, Marcia J., Valente, Luis M.
    2012 Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (Date Added: 2012-07-23)

    31- The role of dispersal in shaping plant community composition of wetlands within an old-growth forest
    Flinn, K.M., Gouhier, T.C., Lechowicz, M.J., Waterway, M.J.
    2010 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    30- Disjunct performance and distribution in the sedge Carex prasina
    Flinn, K.M., Waterway, M.J., Lechowicz, M.J.
    2010 Oecologia (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    29- Evolution and polyploid origins in North American arctic Puccinellia (Poaceae) based on nuclear ribosomal spacer and chloroplast DNA sequences
    Consaul, L.L., Gillespie, L.J., Waterway, M.J.
    2010 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    28- Phylogeny, Species Richness, and Ecological Specialization in Cyperaceae Tribe Cariceae
    Waterway, M.J., Hoshino, T., Masaki, T.
    2009 Botanical Review (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    27- Segregation of sedge species (Cyperaceae) along environmental gradients in fens of the Schefferville region, northern Quebec
    Dabros, A, Waterway, M
    2008 Sedges : uses, diversity, and systematics of the Cyperaceae (Date Added: 2012-07-23)

    26- Systematics of three North American polyploid arctic alkali grasses (Puccinellia, Poaceae): Morphology, ploidy, and AFLP markers
    Consaul, L.L., Gillespie, L.J., Waterway, M.J.
    2008 Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    25- Systematics of North American Arctic Diploid Puccinellia (Poaceae): Morphology, DNA content, and AFLP markers
    Consaul, L.L., Gillespie, L.J., Waterway, M.J.
    2008 Systematic Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    22- A new species of alkali grass (Puccinellia, Poaceae) from the western North American Arctic
    Consaul, L.L., Gillespie, L.J., Waterway, M.J.
    2008 Novon (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    21- Plant species diversity and composition of wetlands within an upland forest
    Flinn, K.M., Lechowicz, M.J., Waterway, M.J.
    2008 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    20- The geographic and ecological distribution of the Roan Mountain sedge, Carex roanensis (Cyperaceae)
    Smith, T.W., Donaldson, J.T., Wieboldt, T.F., Kauffman, G.L., Waterway, M.J.
    2006 Castanea (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    19- The comparative evidence relating to functional and neutral interpretations of biological communities
    Bell, G., Lechowicz, M.J., Waterway, M.J.
    2006 Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    18- Clonal structure and hybrid susceptibility to a smut pathogen in microscale hybrid zones of northern wetland Carex (Cyperaceae)
    McIntire, E.J.B., Waterway, M.J.
    2002 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    17- Germination and establishment of forest sedges (Carex, Cyperaceae): Tests for home-site advantage and effects of leaf litter
    Vellend, M., Lechowicz, M.J., Waterway, M.J.
    2000 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    16- Environmental distribution of four Carex species (Cyperaceae) in an old-growth forest
    Vellend, M., Lechowicz, M.J., Waterway, M.J.
    2000 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    15- The seed bank in an old-growth, temperate deciduous forest
    Leckie, S., Vellend, M., Bell, G., Waterway, M.J., Lechowicz, M.J.
    2000 Canadian Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    14- Environmental heterogeneity and species diversity of forest sedges
    Bell, G., Lechowicz, M.J., Waterway, M.J.
    2000 Journal of Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    13- Geographic patterns in the genetic diversity of a northern sedge, Carex rariflora
    Vellend, M., Waterway, M.J.
    1999 Canadian Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    12- Genetic variation among cultivars of red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) detected by RAPD markers amplified from bulk genomic DNA
    Kongkiatngam, P., Waterway, M.J., Coulman, B.E., Fortin, M.G.
    1996 Euphytica (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    11- Genetic variation within and between two cultivars of red clover (Trifolium pratense L.): Comparisons of morphological, isozyme, and RAPD markers
    Kongkiatngam, P., Waterway, M.J., Fortin, M.G., Coulman, B.E.
    1995 Euphytica (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    10- Genetic differentiation between Carex lasiocarpa and C.pellita (Cyperaceae) in North America
    McClintock, K.A., Waterway, M.J.
    1994 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    9- Cytogeography and meiotic chromosome configurations of six intraspecific aneuploids of Carex conica Boott (Cyperaceae) in Japan
    Hoshino, T., Waterway, M.J.
    1994 Journal of Plant Research (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    7- Patterns of allozyme variation and clonal diversity in Carex lasiocarpa and C.pellita (Cyperaceae)
    McClintock, K.A., Waterway, M.J.
    1993 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    6- Allozyme Variation and the Genetic Structure of Populations of the Rare Sedge Carex misera (Cyperaceae)
    Schell, Chris M., Waterway, Marcia J.
    1992 Plant Species Biology (Date Added: 2012-07-23)

    5- Genetic Differentiation and Hybridization between Carex gynodynama and C. mendocinensis (Cyperaceae) in California
    Waterway, Marcia J.
    1990 American Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2012-07-23)

    4- Systematic implications of achene micromorphology in Carex section Hymenochlaenae (Cyperaceae)
    Waterway, Marcia J.
    1990 Canadian Journal of Botany (Date Added: 2012-07-23)

    3- A Reevaluation of Lycopodium porophilum and Its Relationship to L. lucidulum (Lycopodiaceae)
    Waterway, Marcia J.
    1986 Systematic Botany (Date Added: 2012-07-23)

    2- Vegetation of the Schefferville region, Nouveau-Quebec.
    Waterway, M.J., Lechowicz, M.J., Moore, T.R.
    1984 McGill Subarctic Research Paper (Date Added: 2011-04-14)

    1- Polystichum lonchitis in Central Quebec: Labrador
    Waterway, Marcia J., Lei, Thomas T.
    1982 American Fern Journal (Date Added: 2012-07-23)