Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in Plant Systematics and Evolution from the Faculty of Biology at the University of Bucharest in 1998.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a Fulbright Scholar with the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside (1999-2000), and a research associate at the Department of Plant Agriculture at University of Guelph (2001-2005).
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
The central theme of my research is plant diversity: its origins, evolution and patterns of geographical distribution. Of particular interest are the diversity and evolution of form and function and of various reproductive strategies. From a more applied point of view, I conduct research on conservation biology and invasive plants.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
Research opportunities are available for motivated undergraduate and graduate students interested in plant biology. Different “flavors” of research methodology are possible: lab-based, computational and field exploration. Please contact me for more information.
Costea, Mihai et al. “Phylogeny, character evolution, and biogeography of Cuscuta (dodders; Convolvulaceae) inferred from coding plastid and nuclear sequences.” American Journal of Botany (2014).
Riviere, Stephanie and Mihai Costea. “To attract or to repel? Diversity, evolution and role of the “most peculiar organ” in the Cuscuta flower (dodder, Convolvulaceae)—the infrastaminal scales.” Plant Systematics & Evolution (2013).
Costea, Mihai and Sasa Stefanovic. “Cuscuta jepsonii (Convolvulaceae), an invasive weed or an extinct endemic?” American Journal of Botany (2009).
Tardif, Francois and Mihai Costea. “A mutation in the herbicide target site AHAS produces morphological and structural and structural alterations and reduces fitness in Amaranthus powellii.” New Phytologist (2006).