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School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and
Phone: (848) 932-6343, Fax: (732) 932-9411
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgResearch Mission Statement:
I use field and lab-based biological and ethnobotanical scientific research methods to study wild and cultivated plants and their evolution and interactions with humans in natural areas, cities, and our homes and classrooms in order to understand the intersection of biodiversity, education, and human communication in contemporary society, improve botanical accuracy and literacy, and provide enhanced plant diversity knowledge worldwide.
This means (in other words):
I work on the interaction and evolution between plants, humans, and their environment, from ancient times to the world we live in today. I study how the plants of the world interact with humans’ needs and wants, from wild species in the rainforest to dandelions in your lawn and herbal medicines at Stop & Shop. I do my research in wilderness areas as well as in parking lots in cities and home gardens and my goal is to understand why plant species are where they are, how they got there, how they evolved and evolve, where they will go next, and how they can be used by humans. To be able to do that we also need to know what the correct name of a plant is, so that we can identify and talk about it with others and know that we talk about the same species of plant.
Areas of Professional Expertise: -->
Evolutionary history, biodiversity, and biogeography of angiosperms, especially gentians (Gentianaceae) and relatives in Gentianales; tropical historical biogeography and its relationship to ecological niche evolution; European and American flora and its indigenous and non-native components, focused largely on weeds and urban plants; contemporary ethnobotany (especially medicinal and edible plants, evolution of food, cooking and crops, and opinions and uses of weeds); conservation and education of plant biodiversity on local to global scales.
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