Botany conducts research, research training and graduate education on the world’s plants — their global diversity, evolution, geography, genomic, morphology, conservation, ecology and behavior.
Botany staff engage in specimen-based research using interdisciplinary approaches, field-and lab-based studies, and a range of research tools to examine questions in plant systematics, evolutionary biology, plant biogeography, ecology, conservation biology and natural resource management.
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The McGregor Herbarium houses approximately 454,000 specimens accumulated by Botany staff during the past 150 years. The collection ranks in the top 5% of U.S. herbaria in the number of accessioned specimens. Vascular plant holdings are rich in Asteraceae, Cyperaceae, Fabaceae, Juncaceae and Poaceae.