Old Dogs and New Tricks: morphometric and molecular methods in cactus taxonomy and evolution

Event Date

November 28, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Program

Research Lecture Series

Program Information

Brown Bag Lectures
Dates: First Tuesday of each month
Time: 12 - 1pm
Location: BRIT Commons
Cost: Free, Open to the Public

BRIT Research Seminars
Date: Various dates throughout year
Time: 12 - 1pm 
Location: BRIT Commons
Cost: Free, Open to the Public
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Point of Contact

Alyssa B. Young

Research Manager and Special Collections Librarian

We will present a broad overview of our research into the taxonomy and evolution of Cylindropuntia (chollas), Grusonia (dog chollas), and Echinocereus (hedgehog cactus). Our past and present research focuses mainly on “old-school” methods in morphometrics and cytology (chromosome counts), which are extremely successful at distinguishing taxa at the species and subspecies level. More recently, we have begun work on next-gen DNA analyses of Cylindropuntia and Grusonia, which has produced intriguing insights into the evolutionary relationships among these groups and which promises many future revelations.

About Research Lecture Series

The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars.