steffibond

Joined: May 03, 2016 Last Active: Aug 26, 2020

I am the curator of the Hebarium (ALA) at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, University of Alaska Fairbanks. My research interests focus on understanding the phylogenetic relationship, biogeography, and gene evolution amongst a diverse group of vascular plants: in lineages of lichens, ferns, gymnosperms, and flowering plants to infer historical evolutionary processes that have resulted in current patterns of biodiversity. My research program integrates molecular approaches with original field studies, morphology, anatomy, and paleobotany. I use these techniques in a phylogenetic framework to 1) address questions about processes at the macro-evolutionary levels, 2) to unravel the evolutionary and biogeographic origins of the Eastern Asian – Western North American floristic pattern, and 3) to address diversification dynamics by looking at trait-evolution, plant-animal interactions and niche evolution. More details can be found at www.frontierbotany.info

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