Frontier Botany

Ickert-Bond Lab: systematics meets ecology, paleontology, and genomics

The Ickert-Bond Lab is at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Department of Biology & Wildlife. We are also affiliated with the Institute of Arctic Biology. Our research interests focus on understanding the phylogenetic relationship, biogeography, and gene evolution in lineages of lichens, ferns, gymnosperms, and flowering plants to infer historical evolutionary processes that have resulted in current patterns of biodiversity. Our research program integrates molecular approaches with original field studies, morphology, anatomy, paleobotany, and developmental studies relying on living collections. We use these techniques in a phylogenetic framework to 1) address questions about processes at the macro-evolutionary levels, 2) to unravel the evolutionary and biogeographic origins of the Eastern Asian – Western North American floristic pattern, and 3) to address diversification dynamics by looking at trait-evolution, plant-animal interactions and niche evolution.

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Sunset over Fairbanks

AKDatUM – we are holding our first workshop – 20/21 Jan. 2022

We are a network of educators, researchers, and data managers working to improve educational outcomes by providing STEM undergraduates and instructors with access to environmental data about the changing North,[…]

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Sunrise near Denali NP

Systematic Botany – BIOL331 – Delivered asynchronously again this semester

Due to COVID restriction BIOL331 Systematic Botany will be offered as an online option again this year at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Are you interested in learning about the[…]

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A brief history of pumpkin carving and other botanical tidbits

The annual UA Museum Halloween open house is “closed” this year. Access to the downstairs collections is not granted due to COVID-19. So we were tasked to get creative and[…]

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