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Arnold Arboretum
Sarah Mathews

Sarah Mathews

Sargent Fellow

1300 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131
Phone: 617.495.2331
Fax: 617.384.6596


PhD Montana State University
M.Sc. Montana State University
B.Sc. Colorado State University

Research Interests

Phylogenetics; diversification of land plants, particularly seed plants; parasitic plants; molecular evolution; phytochrome photoreceptors

Current Research

Phylogenetic trees help us to understand the evolution of species, genomes, developmental systems, communities, and biomes. Further, phylogenetic approaches help us identify and fight disease, enhance agricultural production, predict responses to climate change, and conserve biodiversity. Our work in phylogenetics relies on data from protein-coding nuclear genes, the phytochrome photoreceptor gene family, and this gives us the opportunity to investigate hypotheses of plant adaptations to variable light environments. We conduct these investigations using the genetic model, Arabidopsis thaliana.

Recent Publications

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Current Grants

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