San Diego State University
Department of Biology
MICHAEL G. SIMPSON, Emeritus Professor
Recent and Upcoming Events!
1-2 September 2016
III International Boraginales Meeting, Nees Institute for Plant Biodiversity, Bonn, Germany
Simpson, M. G. The status of Cryptantha: Taxonomy, phylogeny, and biogeography
2 August 2016
Botany 2016, Savannah, Georgia. Colloquium: Patterns and Processes of American Amphitropic Disjunct Plants: New Insights
Simpson, M. G., and M. C. Guilliams. What are American amphitropical disjunctions and why are they interesting?
28 June 2016
Talk to the Mensa Foundation, colloquium on "Flora, Fauna, and the Future":
"Phylogeny, Biogeography, and Character Evolution of the Popcorn Flowers, a Model System of American Amphitropic Disjunct Plants."
Town and Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California.
Check out the video clip on SDSU Botany! and the SDSU Herbarium
Specific Research Interests
My research in plant systematics lab focuses on the systematics and evolution of land plants with three general objectives:
1) to infer the phylogenetic relationships of plant groups and to use that pattern of evolutionary history to assess aspects of character evolution, biogeography, ecology, and evolutionary process;
2) to investigate the delimitation of plant species and infraspecies, especially in evaluating rare/endangered taxa;
3) to discover the plant species and community structure of regions in floristic studies.
My field work in Chile and Argentina was supported in part by the National Geographic Society. I and my colleagues are working on the phylogenetic relationships of the Amsinckiinae (Boraginaceae), which occur in both North America and South America (a few in Australia), and not in the intervening tropics, and are termed American Amphitropic Disjunct plants. See my web page on Some Plants of Chile/Algunas Plantas de Chile.
Courses Taught at SDSU in the past
Principles of Organismal Biology (Biology 204)
Economic Botany (Biology 460)
Plant Systematics (Biology 530)
Taxonomy of California Plants (Biology 531)
See Plant Systematics Resources