Around ten senior researchers work within the field of systematics & biodiversity.
Within the group, we study the diversity in living and fossil organism. Plant taxonomy, the naming and systematization of plants, is fundamental to our research. An important part is to analyze and synthesize information derived from global biodiversity studies into a predictive classification system that reflects the history of life.
Research questions span from why diversity patterns vary among the world’s biota to detailed studies of the evolutionary relationships among closely related species to gene family evolution. New tools for metagenomics and phylogenetics are being developed by researchers in the group to aid species identification, delimitation, and automatic generation of phylogenetic trees from public databases.
At the department, we study diverse eukaryotic organisms such as birds, worms, flowering plants, fungi, and many other groups. In many cases, questions are similar regardless of the organism, and researchers collaborate closely.