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Research that characterizes and classifies biodiversity on planet earth, describes and names new species (taxonomy), and determines evolutionary relationships among taxonomic groups.

Faculty expertise in area

Deane Bowers - plant-insect interactions; chemical ecology
Pat Kocioleck - taxonomy, systematics, evolution and ecology of diatoms
Christy McCain - distributions of biodiversity; biodiversity and climate change
Stacey Smith - evolutionary genetics; molecular phylogenetics; plant-pollinator interactions
Erin Tripp - macroevolution; plant pigment evolution; lichenology