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.
Indigenous Ecological Knowledge
Working with Indigenous communities, rangers and scientists, this project will demonstrate that natural collections can be used to underwrite Indigenous-led science and support Indigenous languages and culture.
Taxonomy, systematics and conservation of the Orchidaceae
Our team studies the taxonomy, systematics and conservation of orchids in Australasia and worldwide.
Phylogenetics and taxonomy of liverworts and hornworts
The bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) are the second largest group of land plants after the flowering plants, with around 20,000 species worldwide.
Phylogenetics, taxonomy, and biogeography of Asteraceae (daisy family)
With more than 1,100 native species and ca. 300 introduced weeds, daisies (Asteraceae) are a significant part of the Australian flora.
Species identification tools
Reliable and timely identification of specimens is critical for all biological research, conservation management, and biosecurity.