Systematics and Evolution
Faculty in this section study the diversity of plants, algae, fungi, and lichens. Systematics is a synthetic science that employs multiple lines of evidence to develop systems of nomenclature, classification, monographs, floristic inventories, and hypotheses of phylogenetic relationships. The process of evolution and mechanisms of speciation are the ultimate driving forces leading to the diversity of life, and so it has been famously stated that “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” Faculty in Systematics and Evolution specialize in the taxonomy and evolution of various plant lineages, statewide floristics, tropical fieldwork, herbarium curation, methods and theory of phylogenetic reconstruction, and the interplay among evolution, ecology, biogeography, and development.
Botany Faculty: Cécile Ané; David Baum; Kenneth Cameron; Eve Emshwiller; Thomas Givnish; Chris Muir; Anne Pringle; Kenneth Sytsma
Affiliate Faculty: Chris Todd Hittinger