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The Biodiversity Synthesis Center (BioSynC) is home to a community of biologists interested in research and outreach related to the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). Staff, students and postdoctoral researchers are addressing a wide range of important questions in biodiversity, while at the same time integrating their program with the Encyclopedia of Life.

Research programs associated with BioSynC include those of Field Museum Botany curator Rick Ree on the phylogeny, biogeography and biodiversity of plants in the Himalayas, and Zoology curator Mark Westneat on the phylogenetics and evolution of coral reef fishes.

Postdoctoral research at the Center includes the phylogenetics of the Asilid robber flies by Torsten Dikow and the population genetics and conservation biogeography of coral reef fishes by Josh Drew.