Evolutionary Biology

Science at FMNH : Ep. 30 - Floral Diversity and Pedicularis

One of Dr. Ree’s main research topics is phylogenetics – a field that tries to understand how organisms are related to one another and the evolutionary history of life on Earth.  To tackle this question Dr. Ree works on the evolutionary history of the flowering plant Pedicularis in the Hengduan Mountains of China.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 28 - Biodiversity of Marine Mollusks in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are one of the best studied areas of the US coast, but little is known about the marine molluscs, such as snails and clams, that live there.  One of Dr. Bieler’s ongoing projects is an in-depth survey of marine molluscan biodiversity in the Florida Keys.  This project will lay the groundwork to better understand this marine ecosystem and the impacts humans have on it.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 27 - Museum Collections and the Mammals of Tanzania

For the past two decades, Bill has been studying the natural history, biogeography, taxonomy and evolution of mammals of eastern Africa.  He has focused on the rodent and shrew populations in the mountainous regions within Tanzania and has discovered several new species.  This work is vital to understand how mammal populations in Tanzania change over time.

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