• Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Presentations
  • Professional Experience
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Benjamin R. Grady

Assistant Professor of Biology

[email protected]

Office: Farr 202, ext. 8113

Basic Information


  • B.A., University of Northern Iowa-Cedar Falls
  • M.S., University of Northern Iowa-Cedar Falls
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Awards & Honors

  • President and Scientific Advisor, Eriogonum Society (present)
  • Flora Aeterna Research Fellow, Botany Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (2011)
  • Preventing Extinction Grant, “Conservation Genetics in the federally endangered Eriogonum
    ”, US Fish and Wildlife Service (2010)
  • Lewis and Clark Field Scholar, American Philosophical Society (2009)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG), National Science Foundation (2009)
  • BSA Graduate Research Award, Botanical Society of America (2009)
  • Letters & Science Teaching Fellow, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Garden Club of America Award for Desert Studies, Garden Club of America and the Desert Botanical Garden (2009)
  • Graduate Research Grant, American Society of Plant Taxonomists (2007)


  • Grady, B.R. and K.J. Sytsma. 2015. Species Limits and Population Genetics of the Federally Endangered clay loving wild buckwheat (Eriogonum pelinophilum). Technical Report: US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Grady, B.R. and J.L. Reveal. 2011. New combinations and a new species of Eriogonum (Polygonaceae: Eriogonoideae) from the Great Basin Desert, United States. Phytotaxa 24: 33-38.
  • Grady, B.R., and S.L. O’Kane, Jr. 2007. New species and combinations in Physaria (Brassicaceae) from western North America. Novon 17: 182-192.

Areas of Interest

  • Conservation of Wisconsin rare plants
  • Flora and vegetation of midwestern plant communities
  • Evolution and taxonomy of wild buckwheat - Eriogonum (Polygonaceae)
  • Ethnobotany


  • Grady, B.R. (2017) The Beauty and Complexity of Evolutionary Relationships in Eriogonum. Botany Seminar Series, Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, Claremont, California
  • Grady, B.R. (2017) The Status of the Taxonomy and Evolutionary Relationships in Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum). Eriogonum Society Conference, Baker, California
  • “Eriogonum and its Potential as a Rock Garden Plant”, (2017) Interview, “Cultivating Place” - Northern California Public Radio
  • Grady, B.R. (2012) Ecological Radiation and Species Relationships in Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum). Evolution Seminar Series, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Grady, B.R. and K.J. Sytsma. (2011) Sorting out relationships in the ‘capitate clade’ of Eriogonum (Polygonaceae): Evolution in the Great Basin and beyond. Botanical Society of America, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Grady, B.R. and K.J. Sytsma. (2009) Systematics of the ‘capitate clade’ in Eriogonum (Polygonaceae) relating to evolutionary patterns of narrow soil endemism. Botanical Society of America, Snowbird, Utah
  • Grady, B.R. (2008) Biodiversity loss and extinction of plants in a changing climate, Focus the Nation: Climate Change event, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Professional Experience

  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Platteville