The people in the Plant Systematics lab at San Diego State University conduct research on the evolution of
land plants. We acquire new data from all sources: morphology, ultrastructure, cytology, embryology,
palynology, and DNA. Our research goals have three foci:
1) inferring the phylogenetic relationships of plant groups and using that pattern of evolutionary history
to study character evolution, biogeography, ecology, and evolutionary process;
2) investigating the delimitation of plant species and infraspecies, especially in evaluating rare and
3) discovering and documenting the plant species and community structure of local regions in floristic studies.