Dr. J. L. Birch
University of Hawaii at Manoa
St. John Plant Sciences Laboratories
3190 Maile Way
Honolulu HI 96813
e: jbirch at hawaii dot edu
As a plant systematist I use molecular techniques to determine evolutionary relationships. I reconstruct phylogenies to identify monophyletic taxa and study molecular, morphological, and ecological characters to identify synapomorphies for them. I place lineages into a temporal and biogeographic context by applying molecular dating techniques and ancestral area reconstructions. I have been actively engaged in systematics sensu lato. My research experience includes curation and data-basing of herbarium collections at two institutions (University of Texas, University of Hawaii), collections management of the Hawaiian Plant DNA Library, fieldwork in Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand, and public outreach programmes for the National Tropical Botanic Garden (Kauai, Hawaii) and Plant Resources Center (Austin, Texas).
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