Systematics & biodiversity
Research within systematics & biodiversity covers a broad spectra of organisms. Research topics include questions about relationship between species and why a certain species is found at a certain location.
Within the research area 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.