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Dr. Aliya Donnell Davenport

Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Aliya Donnell

Contact Information:

Phone:  770-720-5593

Office Location: Dobbs 203


Courses Taught:

BIO 120 – Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 122 – Introduction to Organismal Biology
BIO 302 – Introduction to Plant Biology
BIO 312 – Vascular Plant Taxonomy
BIO 360 – Principles of Ecology

Research Interests:

My speciality within biology is plant taxonomy and systematics. Taxonomy deals with the naming, identification and classifying of organisms, while systematics deals with the evolutionary relationships of organisms. Both fields are essential for the study and conservation of Earth’s biodiversity. How can we know how to conserve organisms if we don’t know how to identify them? I am a specialist in the Mallow family (Malvaceae), but am beginning to explore research opportunities with other groups of plants. I am also the curator of the Reinhardt herbarium (museum of dried, pressed plant specimens).


Aliya A. Donnell, Harvey E. Ballard, Jr. & Philip D. Cantino. A phenetic analysis of the Bakeridesia integerrima complex (Malvaceae). September 2015. Brittonia 67(3): 250-271.

Cátia Takeuchi, Aliya A. Donnell & Aluisio J. Fernandes, Jr. Callianthe montana, a New Combination for Abutilon montanum (Malvaceae – Malvoideae), a rediscovered species endemic to the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. September 2014. Phytotaxa 177(5): 298-300.

Aliya A. Donnell. A systematic revision of Bakeridesia Hochr. Ph.D dissertation. Dept. of Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. March 2013.

Aliya A. Donnell, Harvey E. Ballard, Jr. & Philip D. Cantino. Callianthe (Malvaceae): A New Genus of Neotropical Malveae. 2012. Systematic Botany 37(3): 712-722.

Preventing Plug Stunting. Aliya A. Donnell, John M. Dole, and Brian E. Whipker. Greenhouse Grower Magazine. September 2010.

Aliya A. Donnell, 2006. Effect of Plug Flat on Plant Growth and Prevention of Post-Transplant Stunting. M.S. Thesis. Dept. of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.


Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental and Plant Biology (Plant Systematics), 2012
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Master of Science, Horticultural Science (Floriculture Production), 2006
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude), Agriculture (Ornamental Horticulture), 2003
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Florida