David Baum


Department of Botany

430 Lincoln Drive

University of Wisconsin

Madison, WI 53706-1381


Office: 340 Birge Hall
(608) 265-5385/7929

Fax: (608) 262-7509







Educational Background:


BA Botany, Oxford University, 1985


PhD Evolutionary & Population Biology, Washington University, 1991


Research Interests:


Plant evolution and developmental genetics; Conceptual issues in systematics and evolutionary biology; Origin of life


Administrative Roles


Co-chair, Evolution Coordinating Committee of the J. F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution.

Interim Associate Director for Students, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery




I currently mainly accept graduate students through the Botany graduate program. However, I have also taken in students through the Plant Breeding/Plant Genetics and Genetics programs.  Prospective students interested in the relative merits of these three programs should contact me.





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