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Struwe, Lena
Associate Professor

Phone: 732-932-9711, ext. 235

Ph.D., Stockholm University, 1999

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Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Evolutionary history, diversity, and biogeography of angiosperms, especially gentians (Gentianaceae) and relatives; floral anatomy and development; ethnobotany, conservation of plant biodiversity; tropical biogeography.
Teaching Areas
Plant Systematics, Plant Diversity, Ethnobotany.
Memberships and Professional Service
Associate editor, Systematic Botany, 2006-present; founder and webmaster, Gentian Research Network:, 2001-present; webmaster, Evolution at Rutgers,; director, Chrysler Herbarium, Rutgers University,
Struwe, Lena
L. Struwe taking a photograph of a lily, 1986
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Abraham Weisblat Award from Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; NSF: DEB, Systematic Biology, “Phylogeny and biogeography of the neotropical tribe Helieae (Gentianaceae)”: NIH-ICBG; International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups, “Building New Pharmaceutical Capabilities in Central Asia”.
Academic Interests and Plans
I am involved in research in several different areas including taxonomy and biodiversity, historical biogeography, GIS, phylogenetics, and ethnobotany or nontraditional application of phylogenetic methods in ecology and biogeography. I work in several areas of the world, with emphasis on Latin America and Central Asia.

My main research focus is the historical evolution and biodiversity of angiosperms, especially plants from the order Gentianales and its families Apocynaceae (dogbanes and milkweeds), Gelsemiaceae (Carolina jessamine), Gentianaceae (gentians), Loganiaceae (strychnine family), and Rubiaceae (coffee and madder family). I am investigating tropical plant diversity, evolution, and biogeography based on phylogenetic reconstructions using anatomical, morphological, and molecular data. Much of my recent work has focused on the classification and phylogeny of the families Gentianaceae and Loganiaceae. The gentian family is also the focus of my research in the evolution of morphology and New World biogeography.