Poisonous Plant Research Lab
1150 E 1400 N
N Logan, UT 84341
1987 PhD Analytical Chemistry; Colorado State University
1983 BS Chemistry; Cedarville College
The identification of toxic compounds in poisonous plants and the development of analytical methods to detect and measure toxic compounds in plant and animal tissue samples.
· Isolated and identified the abortifacient compound in ponderosa pine needles as the labdane diterpene known as isocupressic acid.
· Develop methods of analysis for the measurement of larkspur alkaloids in plant material and animal tissue samples using infrared spectroscopy and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry methods.
· Developed methods for the analysis of the locoweed toxin, swainsonine, for the analysis of plant material using a rapid flow injection mass spectrometry procedure.
· Identified and characterized the pyrrolizidine alkaloids of Senecio madagascariensis which is an invasive and toxic weed problem on the Hawaii islands.