Today @ucdavis: Prof. Janelle Burke from Howard University “An evolutionary exploration of plant sexual systems”

Janelle Burke from Howard University will be giving the Ecology and Evolution seminar today, 3 May. Her talk is titled,

An evolutionary exploration of plant sexual systems

176 Everson

Thursday 3 May, 4:10pm

Janelle writes,

The Burke Lab specializes in plant systematics and plant evolutionary biology, using two groups, the Polygonaceae (knotweeds) and Melastomataceae (princess flowers), as systems. We utilize phylogenetic methodology as a tool to investigate facets of plant evolution, such as breeding systems, pollination syndromes and morphology. In turn, these data are used to revise taxonomy, the plant classification scheme. Current projects also investigate drivers of speciation, plant/ insect interactions and plant distribution changes in line with climate change projections.

http://www.biology.howard.edu/faculty/burke/burke.html

http://burkebotanylab.com/publications/

About Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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