Taxonomy and Systematics
This research field engages with the discovery, description and classification of the different taxonomic groups (species, types, families etc.), in studies investigating the evolutionary connections between them, and in characterising the species composition under environmental conditions or in the different habitats.
Precise identification of a studied organism forms the basis for many ecological and evolutionary studies, and is necessary for connecting and comparing among different studies.
For many groups such identification requires specialisation acquired over many years, via the analysis of morphological, molecular and ecological data as part of the taxonomic and phylogenetic research.
The research at the School in this field employs a variety of imaging methods along with computerised phylogenetic analyses.
These studies yield dozens of species new to science each year, and contribute to the understanding of how changing environmental conditions influence the biological diversity of the ecosystem.
Researchers in this field: