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
Thursday 3 May, 4:10pm
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.