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Adam Schneider

Pronouns: He/Him
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Adam Schneider Pronouns: He/Him

Assistant Professor


Specialty area(s)

Parasitic plants
Native Plants of Wisconsin
Plant taxonomy and systematics
Natural history collections
Citizen science (e.g. iNaturalist)

Current courses at UWL

BIOL 203 Organismal Biology
BIOL 304  Plant Biology
BIOL 404/504 Plant Taxonomy


2017, Ph.D., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
             Major Advisor: Bruce Baldwin                          

2012, B.S. summa cum laude, Biology & Chemistry, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire   


Teaching history

UW La Crosse:
BIOL 203 Organismal Biology
BIOL 304 Plant Biology
BIOL 404/504 Plant Taxonomy


Previous Institutions:
For nonmajors–
Plants & People
Environmental Biology
Climate Change and the Future of California

Introductory for majors–
General Biology
General Botany
Fundamentals of Cellular Life
General Biology (Ecology, Evolution, Plant Diversity)

Upper-level majors courses–
California Plant Life
Medical Ethnobotany
Plant Systematics
Plant Physiology
Environmental Studies Senior Seminar

Professional history

2018 – 2022, Assistant Professor, Hendrix College    (Biology & Environmental Studies)
2018 – 2022, Herbarium Director, Hendrix College Herbarium (HXC)                        

2017 – 2018 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Research and publishing



Adam Schneider, Biology, co-authored the article "Two New Species of Aphyllon from Northeastern Mexico" in Systematic Botany published on Dec. 23, 2023, by American Society of Plant Taxonomists. Schneider and two co-authors published descriptions of two new and rare parasitic plant species from Mexico.

Submitted on: Jan. 3


Adam Schneider, Biology, authored the article "APHYLLON RIPARIUM (OROBANCHACEAE) IN ARIZONA" in Phytoneuron published on Dec. 29, 2023 by Phytoneuron. Recent iNaturalist observations have shown Aphyllon riparium along the Verde River in northwest Arizona, a distance of about 300 air miles from the nearest known populations in northwest New Mexico. Additional observations and vouchers by Schneider and three co-authors document the Arizona plants.

Submitted on: Jan. 3


Adam Schneider, Biology, received a $52,680 research grant to assess population structure of contemporary Phelipanche ramosa field detections from California Tomato Research Institute. Invasive broomrape species (Orobanche and Phelipanche spp.) are under the highest level of scrutiny by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. In the past decade, isolated incidences of branched broomrape have been reported and abatement efforts have been undertaken at considerable expense to farmers and the state government. Previous research by Schneider, funded by CTRI, suggests that continued outbreaks may be more likely due to the result of broomrape seed movement between sites, as opposed to repeated introductions to California from contaminated tomato seed stocks. This grant, for $52,680 over a year and a half (2024-2025), builds on that previous work by allowing a more robust sampling of extant outbreak sites in California and the incorporation of international samples for comparison.

Submitted on: Jan. 3


Adam Schneider's former student Ben Benton won the 2023 Undergraduate Research Prize from the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. This national award "recognizes undergraduate students who have completed an outstanding, independent research project in plant systematics" and was for an innovate use of the citizen science database iNaturalist, along with traditional methods to describing a new species of plant.

Submitted on: Aug. 31, 2023

Memberships & affiliations

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