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Dr. Beryl B. Simpson
C. L. Lundell Professor & Director, Plant Resources Center
Dr. Simpson's laboratory is engaged in an array of studies that deal with the phylogeny and biogeography of various angiosperm groups. Most biogeographic work is directed toward explaining patterns seen in the American Southwest, Mexico, and Central and South America. Methodologies for uncovering evolutionary histories include molecular as well as traditional techniques. Other research involves relationships between native solitary bees and their New World hosts, especially plants with oil-secreting flowers.