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Astereae Working Group

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The membership list includes an international group of scientists interested in the evolution and systematics of the Astereae (Aster Tribe). The e-mail addresses are specially coded to prevent unauthorized automated harvesting of this information. The coding does not allow addresses to be cut and pasted into word processing or electronic mailing programs. We apologize if this causes some inconvenience but it is necessary to shield our membership.

Geraldine A. Allen
Department of Biology, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 3020 STN CSC, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3N5, Canada
Phone: 250-721-7110
Fax: 250-721-7120

Randy Bayer
Department of Biological Sciences, 3774 Walker Avenue, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152-3530
Phone: 901-678-2851
Fax: 901-678-0157

James Beck
Department of Biology,Washington University,Campus Box 1137,One Brookings Drive,St. Louis, MO 63130-4899 U.S.A.
Phone: 314 935-6815
Fax: 314 935-4432

Research Interest: Phylogeny of Solidago

Mauricio Bonifacio
Facultad de Agronomia, Laboratorio de Botanica, Casilla de Correo 1238, Montevideo, Uruguay 

Research Interest: Systematics of southern South American Astereae. Presently working on Chiliotrichum group systematics and on Flora of Uruguay project (Asteraceae: Astereae). 

Dr. Ilse Breitwieser
Keeper of the Allan Herbarium (CHR), Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, PO Box 69, Lincoln 8152, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 325 6701 ext 3796
Fax: +64 3 325 2418

Luc Brouillet
Institut de Recherche Biol. Veg., Université de Montreal, 4101 Est Rue Sherbrooke, Montreal, PQ H1X 2B2 CANADA 
Phone: 514-872-8472
Fax: 514-872-9406

Specialty: Biosystematics of Aster (Asteraceae). 

Torsten Eriksson
Botaniska institutionen, Bergianska stiftelsen, SE-10691, STOCKHOLM, Sweden
Phone: +46 (0)8 162776
Fax: +46 (0)8 165525 

Omar Fiz
Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid (CSIC), Plaza de Murillo 2, 28014 Madrid (Spain)
Phone: + 34 914203017 (225) 
Fax: + 34 914200157 

Research Interest: Astereae: Bellis, Bellium, Bellidastrum, European Aster. Region: Mediterranean basin, Europe. Data: morphology, DNA sequences (ITS, trnL-F, trnT-L, etc.), fingerprinting markers (AFLPs, ISSRs). Status: finishing PhD; P. Vargas team 

Javier Francisco-Ortega
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, OE Building # 242, Florida International University, University Park, Miami FL 33199, USA
Phone: (305) 348-2080 (Office FIU) 
Fax: (305) 348-1986 (Department Office FIU) 

Research Interests: Antillean taxa, particularly Erigeron; Darwiniothamnus; Macaronesian taxa. The research of my lab is done in close collaboration with botanists from the Antilles, Macaronesia and Galapagos. We have unpublished ITS sequences of Darwiniothamnus and Antillian/Mexican species of Erigeron. We also have unpublished ITS sequences of several South American genera. We anticipate to write and submit a paper with these sequences some time next year. These sequences are part of a Masters thesis developed in my lab. 

V.A. Funk
US National Herbarium, NMNH, Smithsonian Institution MRC 166, P.O. Box 37012, Washington DC 20013-7012 USA
Phone: 202-633-0950
Fax: 202-786-2563

Daniel Giuliano
Div. Plantas Vasculares, Museo de La Plata, Paseo del Bosque s/n, 1900 La Plata, Argentina 

Research Interest: currently working on Baccharis s. l. and related genera using morphology; Infrageneric Taxonomy, Phylogeny, Cladistics. 

Ronald L. Hartman
Rocky Mountain Herbarium (RM/USFS), Department of Botany, 3165 University of Wyoming, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071 USA
Phone: 307 766-2236 
Fax: 307 766-2851

Research Interest: Arida, Dieteria, Haplopappus s.l., Machaeranthera, Psilactis, Xanthisma; Morphology, microcharacters; Databasing Rocky Mountain specimens, all vascular plants including Astereae. Southern Rocky Mountain Databasing Project with COLO, CS, GREE; Production of detailed plant atlases of Wyoming and other Rocky Mountain states.

Gustavo Heiden
Embrapa Clima Temperado,BR 392, km 78, Monte Bonito,Caixa Postal 403,Pelotas, RS, 96001-970, Brazil

Research Interest: Baccharis subg. Tarchonanthoides

Motomi Ito
Department of Systems Sciences (Biology), University of Tokyo, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8902, Japan
Phone & fax: +81-3-5454-4305 

Research Interest: Molecular phylogeny of Astereae and Lactucae in Asia

Farzaneh Jafari

Department of Plant Biology, Tarbiat Morades University, Tehran, Iran
Research interest: Molecular Phylogeny of Astereae in Iran

Dr Liu Jianquan

Vesna Karaman-Castro
Louisiana State University, Department of Biological Sciences
107 Life Science Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA

Per Ola Karis
Department of Botany, Stockholm University, Lilla Frescativägen 5, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: 46-8-163768
Fax: 46-8-165525

Research Interests: Clades in Africa, especially in Southern Africa. General interest on a global scale. Techniques: morphology, molecular data. 

Nicholas Lander
Western Australian Herbarium, Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre, WA 6983, Australia
Phone: +61-8-9423-2500
Fax: 9423 2515

Research Interest: Taxonomy of Olearia and its allies. Interactive Keys.

Tim Lowrey
Museum of Southwestern Biology, Dept. of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 USA
Phone: (505) 277-2604
Fax: (505) 277-6079

Research Interests: Systematics and evolution of genera in the Astereae including, Tetramolopium, Vittadinia, Minuria, and Pteronia; breeding system evolution in the Asteraceae; South African Astereae.

Richard Michelmore
Professor and Director, Novozymes Inc. Endowed Chair in Genomics, The Genome Center, 451 East Health Sciences Drive, University of California, Davis, CA 95616
Phone: 530-752-1729

Vlastimil Mikolas
Hanojska 4, SK-040 13 KOSICE, Slovakia

Research interest: Aster s.l. taxonomy.

David Morgan
Department of Biology, Western Washington University, 516 High St, MS 9160, Bellingham, WA 98225 U.S.A.
Phone: 360-650-6575
Fax: 360-650-3148

In Astereae, I am primarily interested in Psilactis and in the subtribe Machaerantherinae, which includes Machaeranthera and a number of related genera. I am using a variety of approaches to study the systematics and evolution of these genera, and am interested in such things as the evolution of specific characteristics, the origin of new species, and the role of interspecific hybridization in the evolution of Psilactis, Machaeranthera, and their relatives. In addition to studying the evolution of these genera, I am also involved in revisionary and floristic work on them.

Guy Nesom
Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 509 Pecan Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-4060, USA
Phone: 817-332-4441 ext. 35
Fax: 817-332-4112

Richard D. Noyes
University of Colorado, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ramaley N122 / UCB 334, Boulder, CO 80309 USA
Phone: 303-492-6180
Fax: 303-492-8699

John F. Pruski
Missouri Botanical Garden , P.O. Box 299 St. Louis, MO 63166-0299 USA
Phone: + 1-314-577-0832
Fax: + 1-314-577-0830
Asteraceae Coordinator of Flora Mesoamericana:

Christopher Quinn
Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Research Interest: Vittadinia group and allies, Australia and southwest Pacific using ITS, ETS and ndhF sequences, morphology, including cypsela anatomy. Status: now retired, so activity is limited. 

Roland Roberts
Department of Biological Sciences, 341 Smith Hall, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252
Phone: 410-704-3034
Fax: 410-704-2405

Gisela Sancho
División Plantas Vasculares, Museo de La Plata, Paseo del Bosque s.n., La Plata, 1900, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Research Interest: Currently, I am working in the Podocomiinae group, revising Podocoma and relatives (sensu Nesom, 1994). I am doing morphological and molecular phylogenetic studies in that group. After that, my project ends with the Revision of Laestadia and Southamerican species of Myriactis, all of that in collaboration with John Pruski, from MO. 

Dr. John C. Semple
Director, WAT Herbarium, Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada
Phone: (519) 885-1211 ext 2565
Fax: (519) 746-0614

Research for the past 35 years on asters, goldenasters and goldenrods and other Astereae. My lab focuses on morphology (multivariate morphometrics and some cladistics) and cytotaxonomy (chromosome counts, karyotypes, cytogenetics, cytogeography). I have active collaborations with other labs working on DNA sequence based phylogenetic studies of the Symphyotrichinae, Chrysopsidinae and Solidagininae. I have large data bases on nomenclature and chromosome number reports of asters and goldenrods. My web site has hundreds of pictures of many species of asters, goldenasters and goldenrods with summaries of the latest ideas on generic limits. Field work is an important part of the research program. Viable cypselae of any aster or goldenrod from anywhere in the world is most welcomed by the lab.

Aristônio Magalhães Teles
Laboratório de Sistemática Vegetal, Departamento de Botânica, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Av. Antônio Carlos, 6627, Pampulha. 32.270-110. Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil.
Phone: +55 31 3499-2678
Fax: +55 31 3499-2673 or

Research Interest: Within the Astereae my research interest focus on alpha taxonomy of the Brazilian species. Currently, I am concluding the synopsis of the tribe Astereae in Brazil.

Lowell Urbatsch
LSU Herbarium and Biological Sciences Department, 202 Life Sciences Bldg., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 USA
Phone: 225/578-8555
Fax: 225/578-2597

Oscar Vargas
PhD Student
Plant Biology
University of Texas at Austin

Research interest: the genus Diplostephium

Pablo Vargas
Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid (CSIC), Plaza de Murillo 2, 28014 Madrid (Spain) 
Phone: + 34 914203017 (225) 
Fax: + 34 914200157

Research Interest: Astereae: Bellis, Bellium, Bellidastrum, European Aster. Region: Mediterranean basin, Europe.
Data: morphology, DNA sequences (ITS, trnL-F, trnT-L, etc.), fingerprinting markers (AFLPs, ISSRs). Lab group: Omar Fiz, V. Valcárcel. 

Steven J. Wagstaff
Scientist, Allan Herbarium, Landcare Research, P.O. Box 69, Lincoln 8152, New Zealand
Phone: (64) 3 325-6700 ext 3789
Fax: (64) 3 325-2418

Research Interests: Origin and diversification of New Zealand plants especially Asteraceae. Presently working on Celmisia, Olearia and relatives. 

Linda E. Watson
Department of Botany, 316 Pearson, Miami University, Oxford OH 45056 USA
Phone: 513-529-4200; Fax: 513-529-4243

Jeannette Whitton
Department of Botany, 3529-6270 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone: (604) 822-8863 

Research Interests: Within the Astereae, my research interests focus on Townsendia, a Rocky Mountain genus of approximately 30 taxa, nearly half of which include polyploid apomicts. We are currently focusing on three projects within the genus. First, we have a (first) phylogeny for the genus in progress, using sequence variation in ITS and ETS regions. The resultant phylogeny will be used to examine the evolution of apomixis in the genus. Second, Ph. D. candidate Stacey Thompson is examining patterns of multiple autopolyploid origins in Townsendia hookeri. Third, M. Sc. student Linda Jennings has conducted a study of population genetic variation in two Utah endemics; T. aprica and T. jonesii var. lutea.