Systematics is the study
of phylogenetic patterns among biological taxa and their classification. It serves as the
basis for all other biological studies that compare features among
organisms. For more on systematics and why it is important, click here.
The systematics group at
Ohio State comprises researchers from three departments in two colleges -- Evolution,
Ecology and Organismal Biology (EEOB) and School of
Earth Sciences (College
of Arts and Sciences) and Biomedical
Informatics (College of Medicine and Public Health). Although we have
diverse interests, we all work on reconstructing patterns of phylogenetic
relationships among taxa and interpreting them.
Because we study
biodiversity, maintaining research collections of organisms is important for our
program. We have the following systematics collections here at Ohio State: Herbarium, Fishes, Molluscs,
The recent collections are housed in the Museum
of Biological Diversity and the fossil collections are housed in the
Orton Geological Museum.