Ken Sytsma Lab  Botany Department - University of Wisconsin, Madison

Our research centers on questions of plant diversity - how are species and higher clades related? how should these taxa be classified? what are the processes that have influenced their origins? how have key morphological characters evolved? do morphological and ecological features show convergence among unrelated taxa, or divergence within related taxa? what is the temporal setting for these diversifications? These questions are addressed on taxa from species to orders, and across temperate and tropical biomes. Molecular phylogenetics (DNA sequencing) is the primary way that phylogenetic frameworks are obtained to address these questions.


Welcome to the Sytsma lab -


    250 Birge Hall

    608.262.4490 (office)

    608.262.4422 (lab)

Mailing Address

    430 Lincoln Drive

    Botany Department


    Madison, WI 53706

Ken Sytsma along southern shore of Lake Superior, Michigan

Photos: view of Bryce Canyon, Utah; ephemeral flowers of the boreal Polygala paucifolia in Michigan; alpine meadow Aquilegia coerulea var. ochroleuca in the Wasatch Range, Utah; hummingbird on Costus pulverulentus in Belize; Clermontia grandiflora in Hawaii; pollen gathering halictid bee on Stegolepis angustata in Venezuela