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Our researchers study some of the largest genera of flowering plants in the world, with consequent issues of conserving rare plants, assessing biodiversity, and conveying that information to the interested public in a timely manner. Some focus on tropical plants, how and when they disperse between continents, and how they evolve across wide swaths of tropical forests. Ultimately we strive to contribute knowledge and expertise about the growing loss of biodiversity worldwide on both the local and global level.

Michigan and the Great Lakes Research

Global Research

Christiane Anderson
Systematics of the tropical family Malpighiaceae

Paul E. Berry
A global inventory of the spurge genus Euphorbia*
- Global Latin American Plants Imaging Initiative

Christopher Dick
- Tree diversity in tropical forest plots*

Alison Harrington
- Taxonomy and systematics of ascomycete microfungi

Timothy James

- Fungal diversity and evolution
- Lichens, Bryophytes and Climate Change TCN*
- Overview: Macrofungi Collection Consortium 
- Macrofungi Database: Mycology Collections Portal

Richard Rabeler
- Taxonomy and distribution of Caryophyllaceae

Anton A. Reznicek
- Systematics and diversity of Cyperaceae
- Michigan and Great Lakes region flora and biogeography

Brad Ruhfel
-Systematics and biogeography of Podostemaceae*
Bringing Asia to digital life*

Thais Vasconcelos 
- Systematics, ecology, and evolution of Myrtales
- Trait-environment correlations and biogeography of flowering plants

Michael J. Wynne
Marine algae of the tropical and subtropical Western Atlantic, the Northern Arabian sea and systematic treatment of the red algal family Delesseriaceae.

*asterisks denote funding by the National Science Foundation