Dr J.L. Birch
Herbarium Curator and Plant Systematist
The University of Melbourne Herbarium (MELU)
School of BioSciences
The University of Melbourne

p: 03.8344.5040
e: joanne.birch at unimelb dot edu dot au


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 multiple institutions (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, 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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