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The first edition was recipient of the Henry Allan Gleason Award, given annually by the New York Botanical Garden in recognition of an outstanding recent publication in the field of plant taxonomy, plant ecology, or plant geography.
UNIT I SYSTEMATICS Chapter 1 Plant Systematics: an Overview Chapter 2 Phylogenetic Systematics UNIT II EVOLUTION AND DIVERSITY OF PLANTS Chapter 3 Evolution and Diversity of Green and Land Plants Chapter 4 Evolution and Diversity of Vascular Plants Chapter 5 Evolution and Diversity of Woody and Seed Plants Chapter 6 Evolution of Flowering Plants Chapter 7 Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants: Amborellales, Nymphaeales, Austrobaileyales, Magnoliids, Ceratophyllales, and Monocots Chapter 8 Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants: Eudicots UNIT III SYSTEMATIC EVIDENCE AND DESCRIPTIVE TERMINOLOGY Chapter 9 Plant Morphology Chapter 10 Plant Anatomy and Physiology Chapter 11 Plant Embryology Chapter 12 Palynology Chapter 13 Plant Reproductive Biology Chapter 14 Plant Molecular Systematics UNIT IV RESOURCES IN PLANT SYSTEMATICS Chapter 15 Plant Identification Chapter 16 Plant Nomenclature Chapter 17 Plant Collecting and Documentation Chapter 18 Herbaria and Data Information Systems UNIT V SPECIES CONCEPTS AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY Chapter 19 Species and Conservation in Systematics Appendix 1 Plant Description Appendix 2 Botanical Illustrations Appendix 3 Scientific Journals in Plant Systematics Appendix 4 Statistics and Morphometrics in Plant Systematics Glossary of terms Index
Dr. Michael G. Simpson has been a professor of Biology at San Diego State University since 1986. His area of expertise is plant systematics, dealing with the description, identification, naming and classification of plants with the overriding goal of inferring the pattern of evolutionary history (phylogeny). Dr. Simpson has taught courses in Principles of Organismal Biology, Plant Systematics, Taxonomy of California Plants, Economic Botany, Genetics and Evolution, and Seminar in Systematics and Evolution. Additionally, he serves as the Curator of the SDSU Herbarium where he oversees the maintenance, organization, and use of the collection and facilitates additions to the herbarium. Currently, his field work in Chile and Argentina is supported in part by the National Geographic Society. In addition to publishing numerous articles in technical journals, Dr. Simpson has authored of the widely used textbook Plant Systematics (Elsevier-Academic Press, 2006; 2nd ed. 2010.)
Praise for the first edition: "This publication, many years in the making, represents a masterly treatment of vascular plant groups and the principles of plant systematics as well as incorporating the latest concepts in phylogenetics and methodologies. It is erudite and most importantly - user friendly, especially students. This text will serve as the standard for many years to come." - Botanical Society of America