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Michelle Waycott

I am particularly interested in the challenge that unravelling evolutionary processes for plants, and other elements of the flora, poses where genomic divergence is unresolved. Issues like polyploidy, reticulation, introgression, aneuploidy, clonality and longevity will have an impact on the phylogenetic distinctiveness of species. Ultimately how this influences the development of species concepts and then how this translates to the management and protection of our biodiversity. I am passionate about protecting collections while making them useful and supporting the development of the next generation of taxonomists and evolutionary biologists.

Michelle's work profile

Michelle works in the following sector(s): University, Collections Institution

Michelle's primary institution is: The University of Adelaide and State Herbarium of South Australia

Michelle's position is: Professor of Plant Systematics and Chief Botanist

Michelle's work in taxonomy 

Michelle has the following roles: Identification, Research, Collection Management, Information Management, Institution Management, Editing publishing and reviewing, Science Communication, Public Outreach

Michelle's skills are in Species delimitation, Phylogenetics, Biodiversity informatics, Genetics & Genomics, Population genetics, Biogeography, Imaging

Michelle works on the taxonomy of Plants, Algae, Flowering Plants, Conifers, GreenAlgae, Monocots, Alismatales including seagrasses and many aquatic plants, Santalales and lots of genera

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Michelle is happy to be contacted for the following reasons:

Contact from others in the taxonomy community regarding taxonomy-related issues

Contact from members of the public for advice in areas of expertise (but not for identifications)

Contact by prospective students and others who could benefit from mentorship

Use the button below to contact Michelle for one of the reasons above. Please don't make contact for any other reason.