Systematics at UC Berkeley
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Research area
ESPM:Insect Biology (click here for infomation on graduate admissions)
Rosemary G. Gillespie My research focuses on the systematics, evolution and conservation biology of arthropods, with particular emphasis on spiders on oceanic islands. The primary goal of my research is elucidation of the factors responsible for the generation and loss of biodiversity. Because evolution occurs at a microcosmal level, isolated islands provide an extraordinary opportunity for examining these factor.
Patrick M. O'Grady I am interested in the patterns and processes that generate and maintain biological diversity. Research projects in my laboratory cover a range of biological disciplines including morphology and taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, population genetics, molecular evolution and genomics to examine evolutionary history in the Hawaiian Drosophila.
George K. Roderick Of particular interest are two topics: the biology and genetics of biological invasions, and the history and structure of populations. Both topics are viewed especially in the context of biodiversity science. The work addresses both basic and applied questions, taking advantage of the opportunities associated with the geography of Pacific Basin, Pacific Islands, and Pacific Rim, including California.
Kipling Will My research interests center on the systematics, integrative-taxonomy and natural history of insects. In my research I draw on morphological data obtained from a variety of specimen preparation and dissection methods that allow me to explore little-known systems such as soft internal organs. Characteristics of morphology are combined with molecular sequence data from various parts of the genome. All data are analyzed to develop phylogenetic hypotheses.
Integrative Biology (click here for infomation on graduate admissions)
David Ackerly My research addresses the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape the functional diversity of terrestrial plants, with a particular focus on the California flora. I approach this broad topic from many perspectives, drawing on ecophysiology, population biology, community ecology and phylogenetics.
Bruce Baldwin My research program encompasses vascular-plant systematics, floristics, and conservation biology, with an emphasis on biosystematic and phylogenetic studies. I am particularly interested in systematic questions that address evolutionary processes, historical biogeography and ecology, and relationships of California plants and their descendant lineages elsewhere
Carole Hickman My research seeks new understanding of the diversity of structure and function in living and fossil organisms by integrating formal (morphogenetic) historical (phylogenetic) and functional (adaptive) explanations. Theoretical, constructional, evolutionary, and develop-mental morphology provide the conceptual and practical tools that I use to analyze structure and function.  
Dave Lindberg I believe that phylogenetics is at the core of Integrative Biology. The evolutionary history, interactions, and relationships of the taxa that I study are the threads that unite the various temporal and spatial scales of my research. My research program primarily centers on evolution in the rocky, nearshore marine biome.
Jim McGuire Phylogenetics is the common thread connecting all aspects of my research program. My primary interest is in the use of phylogenetic analysis and comparative methods to address evolutionary questions related to functional morphology, life history evolution, and historical biogeography. I also have an interest in theoretical aspects of phylogeny estimation, especially maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods and their application to molecular and morphological data.
Brent Mishler My research interests can be grouped into two main areas: empirical studies of ecology, phylogeny, systematics, and development of mosses, and the theoretical basis of systematic and evolutionary biology. Theoretical studies include investigations of the nature of species and speciation, methods for phylogenetic reconstruction (with an emphasis on cladistic analysis of molecular and genomic data), the relationship between development and evolution, and principles of rank-free phylogenetic classification. .
Craig Moritz My research centers on the use of molecular approaches to study ecology and evolution and addresses questions including; (1) the use of molecular markers to infer current and historical population processes at various spatial and temporal scales; (2) the effects of historical changes in habitat on current distributions and diversity of faunas, with particular reference to rainforest biotas; and (3) improving the use of molecular information in conservation biology and the development of strategies that recognize evolutionary processes.
Kevin Padian

Students in our lab generally study topics related to major adaptations in vertebrate history, incorporating functional, phylogenetic, and other lines of evidence. A major part of our work is to use phylogenies as an important tool in understanding the sequence by which complex adaptations and adaptive shifts evolved. Current research involves the evolution of locomotor, pneumaticity and other physiological syndromes, growth strategies and metabolic rates in major clades of vertebrates.

David Wake My research emphasizes analysis of evolutionary patterns and the processes that produce them. General areas of interest are functional, developmental, and evolutionary morphology, systematics, and geographical ecology and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles  
Plant and Microbial Biology (click here for infomation on graduate admissions)
Tom Bruns Fungal ecology and evolution is our primary interest, but most of our current and recent work has focused on the slightly narrower realm of mycorrhizal fungi. These fungi form symbiotic associations with plant roots, and this interaction represents one of the most widespread and important mutualisms in terrestrial ecosystems.
Chelsea Specht The Specht Lab focuses on studies in plant form and function. We use traditional morphological techniques combined with molecular and evolutionary biology to study the natural diversity of plants and to help better understand the forces creating and sustaining this diversity.
John Taylor We study the pattern and process of fungal evolution, both to understand the process and to make fungi the best models for evolutionary biology. We focus on the key evolutionary event that forms the tree of life: speciation. Recently we have documented species divergences, compared phylogenetic and biological species recognition, addressed the timing of species divergence, and evaluated selection acting on potentially adaptive genes. Now, we are using genetics and genomics to find genes that maintain species and facilitate adaptation.