Bruce Robart, associate professor of biology at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, will present a lecture titled, “Evolutionary History and Taxonomy of Louseworts Plants: What’s in a Name?” on Wednesday, December 4 at 4 p.m. in room 138 Blackington Hall on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.
Robart’s presentation will examine louseworts (of the genus Pedicularis), a group of about 600 species of flowering plants that grow in arctic or alpine habitats across the Northern Hemisphere. Thirty-eight species occur in North America.
Robart’s research involves using molecular DNA sequence comparisons among North American, Asian, and European Pedicularis species to construct an evolutionary hypothesis of species relationships that can be used to determine where North American species first originated, to chart dispersal and divergence of species across North America, and to relate the origin and diversification of the various floral adaptations.
Another aspect of his research encompasses completing a taxonomic treatment of North American Pedicularis species for Volume 17 of the Flora of North America (FNA) project, a compendium of scientific and common names, descriptions, and identification keys of all species of plants found in North America.
The newly established Pitt-Johnstown Faculty Lecture Series is sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Faculty Resource Center. The series, which is free and open to the public, will feature University faculty who will give talks throughout the year on topics related to their scholarly areas.
For additional information on the lecture series, contact Dr. John Mullennix, Pitt-Johnstown, at 814-269-7293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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