Plant systematists at the Garden study the origins, patterns, and conservation of plant and fungal diversity. Systematic expertise of the scientific staff at NYBG ranges from fungi, lichens, algae, and mosses, to ferns and flowering plants. The goals of systematics research lie principally in addressing questions of plant classification, historical biogeography, plant-animal interactions, and character evolution. Phylogenetic trees generated from systematics research are also valuable in comparative disciplines such as phytochemistry and ethnobotany, and systematics research also provides a critical basis to inform conservation practices.
NYBG’s Systematics Projects:
Applications of Leaf Architecture in Systematics and Forest Management Assessing Phylogeny and Biogeography in a Megadiverse Tropical Plant Family (Melastomataceae) Biodiversity Gradients in Obligate Symbiotic Organisms: A Case Study in Lichens in a Global Diversity Hotspot (NSF Dimensions) Bolete Mushrooms Surveys and Revisions Evolution and Systematics of the Neotropical Clade of Schefflera (Araliaceae) The Green Algae Tree of Life Legume Research at The New York Botanical Garden Macrofungi of Costa Rica Monographia: Open-source Software to Automate Revisionary Systematic Studies Monographic and Phylogenetic Studies of Elaphoglossum A New Era: Cuban/U.S. Collaboration in Biodiversity Science PBI: A Complete Web-based Monograph of the Tribe Miconieae (Melastomataceae) Phylogenetics and Taxonomy of Ormosia Phylogeny of Non-flowering Plants Phylogeny and Systematics of the Characeae Phylogeography and Conservation Genetics of the Caribbean Zamia clade Revision of Calamus Strategy for Conserving Ash Trees in the Northeast: Collection, Analysis, and Outreach A Systematic Monograph of Swartzia Systematics and Biogeography of the Woodland Sedges Carex section Laxiflorae (Cyperaceae) Systematic Studies of the Burseraceae Systematics and Ecology of the Brazil Nut Family (Lecythidaceae) Systematics of Gyroporus Systematics of Symplocos Systematics of Rhynchospora Taxonomic Revision and Phylogenetic Study of Campyloneurum (Polypodiaceae)