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Areas of Research

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The Desert Botanical Garden’s Research Department takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the plants and environments of the desert Southwest. Research specialties at the Garden include:

Conservation Biology

Science that seeks to understand the complexity of the fantastic diversity of life on Earth in order to protect, conserve, and restore this diversity for the benefit of future generations. Conservation has been a part of Desert Botanical Garden’s mission since its founding in 1939.


Plant Systematics

Study that aims to document, explain, and classify the tremendous diversity of plants that we see today, forming the basis for most conservation efforts. Plant systematists working at the Garden use traditional methods, such as morphology and cytology, as well as the modern approaches of DNA sequencing and fingerprinting technologies.


Evolutionary Biology

The study of the processes, mechanisms and outcomes of inherited changes in organisms over time.


Ecology

Study of the relationships of organisms with their physical environment and each other.


Ongoing Research at the Garden

 

Recent ecological research by Garden scientists include:

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