Systematics

Biological systematics is the study of the diversification of living forms, both past and present, and the relationships among living things through time. Systematics, in other words, is used to understand the evolutionary history of life on Earth.

Personnel

My research employs genomic, phylogenetic and experimental analyses to investigate the genetic and ecology processes that influence diversification. Specific interests include the molecular genetics of diversification including speciation; the molecular basis of adaptation; the evolution of genome structure; genomic processes influencing gene…

My current research interests are in the broad areas of bioinformatics and plant evolutionary/ecological genetics. We are studying the genetics, evolution, and ecology, of the insect-eating pitcher plants (Sarracenia species). Most of my bioinformatics work is in collaboration with Liming Cai of the Computer Science Department to develop…

My main research interests focus on how to promote active learning and critical thinking in large introductory biology classes, and on the evolution of light signals in North American fireflies.

I conduct floristic surveys in Georgia and neighboring states. These are field-based studies comprising a plant survey of a natural area, resulting in a complete inventory supported by voucher specimens deposited in a recognized herbarium.  Floristic inventories are an important function of the GA Herbarium.

The herbarium staff and I are…