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Molecular Plant Systematics & Evolution
The Tank Lab is in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Idaho, and is affiliated with the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) and the Stillinger Herbarium.
Research in the Tank Lab focuses on the use of molecular methods to reconstruct evolutionary histories in plants and the application of phylogenetic and phylogeographic methods to understand plant evolution.
Our work focuses on multiple levels of plant phylogeny, from the systematics and evolution of closely related groups of species to macroevolutionary patterns of diversification in angiosperms.
Check out the research page to learn more about how we use phylogenies to address evolutionary questions in plants and to better understand plant biodiversity.
Recent lab news
2016 Advanced Field Botany course now accepting applications. The 2016 AFB course will be held from July 3rd-16th at the UIdaho McCall Field Campus Latest paper from Simon Uribe-Convers published in PLoS ONE. Our microfluidic PCR based approach for phylogenomics, with an example from Bartsia New paper by Hannah Marx published in Diversity and Distributions Paper investigating Darwin's Naturalization Conundrum in the San Juan Islands published Dispersification paper published. Simon's paper on the evolution and biogeography of Neobartsia published in AJB. Tank Lab at Botany, 2015 The Tank Lab traveled to Edmonton for the 2015 Botany meetings Polyploidy and diversification rates paper published in New Phytologist Our paper investigating the whole genome duplication radiation lag-time model published in New Phytologist BMC Evolution paper published Paper investigating Hypericum biogeography and diversification published this week Successful NSF DDIG proposals! Congratulations, Sarah and Diego! Sarah Jacobs and Diego Morales-Briones awarded NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants Comparative phylogeography of the PNW rainforests proposal funded! NSF award for investigating phylogeographic history and discovering cryptic diversity Congratulations, Sarah! Congratulations to Sarah Jacobs for her successful ASPT student grant proposal!