Orchid specimen

Orchid specimen with carefully dissected flowers

The Plant Systematics and Population Genetics team advances our understanding of Australia’s plant biodiversity through species discovery, clarifying evolutionary relationships and species delimitation, elucidating genetic diversity and spatial patterns of biodiversity, and providing insights into the evolution of Australia’s plant diversity in space and time.

The research provides critical data to identify threats to Australia’s plant biodiversity through environmental change and human impacts and informs conservation management to mitigate identified risks.

The physical and digital specimen collections of the Australian National Herbarium in Canberra and the Australian Tropical Herbarium in Cairns are key infrastructure for the research activities of the team.