Dr. Adjoa Richardson Ahedor

Associate Professor, PhD, Biological Sciences Chairperson

Location: DuPont Hall, Room 101
Email:  adjoa.ahedor@hamptonu.edu
Expertise: Botany, Systematics, Evolutionary Biology,  Environmental Science, STEM Education


Ph.D. 2007 Botany, University of Oklahoma     

M.S. 2001 Biology, Idaho State University

M.Phil.1998 Botany, University of Ghana

B.S. (Honors) 1992 Botany with Zoology 2nd Class Upper (Magma cum laude), Univ. of Ghana

Professional Positions Held

2022 – Present              Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Biological Science, Hampton University

2018 – 2022                 Associate Dean, Engineering and Science Division, Rose State College

2007 – 2021                 Adjunct Lecturer, University of Oklahoma

2008 – 2018                 Biology Faculty, Rose State College

2001 – 2002                 Environmental Scientist (CERCLA/RCRA) Shoshoni-Bannock Tribes, Idaho

Awards and Recognitions

NISOD Excellence Award – University of Texas at Austin/Rose State College

Sabbatical Leave Award – Rose State College

University of California Regents Scholarship for Reciprocity – UC Davis/Univ. of Ghana

University of Ghana Graduate Merit Scholarship

Curricula Development and Teaching Assignments

Modality: Traditional, Online, Flex/Blended, Flipped, Inquiry-based, Socratic

Current – Hampton University

BIO 210 – General Botany

BIO 408 – Research Problems

BIO 505 – Research Problems (graduates and undergraduates)


University of Oklahoma

LSTD 4700 – Biodiversity Conservations

LSTD 4263 – Environment and Philosophy

BOT 1114 – General Botany  

UNIV 2000 – Basic Principles in Biodiversity Conservation

Rose State College

BIOL 1114 – Introduction to Biology

BIOL 1124 – General Biology I

BIOL 1134 – General Biology II

BIOL 1215 – General Botany

ENSC 1103 – Introduction of Environmental Science

ENSC 1101 – Introduction to Environmental Science Lab

Research Interests

Molecular Systematics, Comparative Anatomy and Physiology – Engaging undergraduates in the use of investigative tools such as morphology, microscopy and genetic markers to better understand the physiology, taxonomy and distribution of plant species. Notable studies on the genera: Bacopa (water hyssop), Mecardonia (axilflower), Stemodia (twintips) of the family Plantaginaceae and Quercus (oak), of the family Fagaceae. Other interests involve physiological and genetic studies on invasive plant species to better understand their aggressive adaptation mechanisms.

Selected Publications

Adjoa R. Ahedor. Bacopa. 2019. In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 19+ vols. New York and Oxford. Vol. 17.

Adjoa R. Ahedor. Mecardonia. 2019. In: Flora of North America Editorial Comm., eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 19+ vols. New York and Oxford.Vol. 17.

Ahedor, A. R., *Spitz, B., *Cowan, M. *Miller, J. and *Kamara, M. 2018. Comparative transpiration studies on the invasive eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana L.) and adjacent woody trees. Oklahoma Native Plant Record 18(1): 24-37.

Ahedor, R., Hurst, A., May L., and R. Murcia, R. 2016. General Biology I Laboratory Manual. Fountainhead Press, Inc. TX, USA. ISBN: 978-1-64485-045-9.

Ahedor, A. R. and W. Elisens, 2015. Seed Morphology and its taxonomic Significance in the subtribe Gratiolinae (Plantaginaceae). Systematic Botany 40(3): 845-852.

Ahedor, A. R. and W. Elisens. 2015. Morphological Analyses of the Mecardonia acuminata (Plantaginaceae) complex in the Southeastern USA. Southeastern Naturalist 14(1): 173-196.

* Denotes undergraduates

Professional Affiliations

Botanical Society of America (BSA)

American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT)

Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB)

College Board/ETS Reader – AP Biology