Jose L. Panero

Associate Professor, Section of Integrative Biology,
Assistant Director, Plant Resources Center

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  • B.A., University of Miami, 1984
  • M.S., University of Tennessee, 1986
  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1990
  • Postdoc, University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

As a plant systematist, Dr. Panero is interested in the distribution, diversity, and evolution of flowering plants. His research focuses on the elucidation of phylogenetic relationships among Neotropical members of the sunflower family (Asteraceae) using traditional and molecular techniques. Another important activity of the lab and the University of Texas Herbarium is the documentation of the floristic diversity of the southwestern USA and Mexico. Ongoing research involves documenting the vascular plant flora of the states of Durango and Oaxaca, in southern and northwestern Mexico. Important benefits of these activities include the identification of economically important and endangered species, their distribution, and a better management of the natural resources of the area. Opportunities for graduate study in Dr. Panero's lab are available for students interested in pursuing floristic and monographic projects dealing primarily with the Neotropical flora.


Spring 2008:

  • BIO 301M - Ecology, Evolution, and Society


  • Greenman Award, best botanical monograph, Missouri Botanical Garden, 1993


  • Panero, J. L., Funk, V. A. 2008. The value of sampling anomalous taxa in phylogenetic studies: major clades of the Asteraceae revealed. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 47: (in press).
  • Francisco-Ortega, J., Ventosa, I., Oviedo, R., Jiménez, F., Herrera, P., Maunder, M., Panero, J. L., (2008). Caribbean island Asteraceae: systematics, molecules, and conservation on a biodiversity hotspot. The Botanical Review (in press).
  • Panero, J. L. 2007. Calorezia a new genus of tribe Nassauvieae (Asteraceae, Mutisioideae). Phytologia 89: 198-201.
  • Panero, J. L. 2007. Compositae: Tribe Heliantheae. In: Kadereit, J. W., Jeffrey, C. (Eds.), Families and Genera of Vascular Plants, vol. VIII, Flowering Plants, Eudicots, Asterales. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg. pp.440-477.
  • Panero, J. L. (2003 onwards). REMIB, CONABIO. Node: Herbarium of the University of Texas at Austin, Herbaria (TEX-LL). Version 1. A database of 191,807 records of Mexican specimens deposited at the University of Texas Herbaria (TEX-LL).
  • Baldwin B. B., B. L. Wessa, & J. L. Panero. 2002. Nuclear rDNA evidence for major lineages of helenioid Heliantheae (Compositae). Systematic Botany 27: 161-198
  • Clevinger, J. A. & J. L. Panero. 2000. Phylogenetic analysis of Silphium and subtribe Engelmanniinae (Asteraceae: Heliantheae) based on ITS and ETS sequence data. American Journal of Botany 87: 565-572.
  • Panero, J. L., J. Francisco Ortega, R. K. Jansen, & A. Santos. 1999 Molecular evidence for multiple origins of woodiness and a New World biogeographic connection of the Macaronesian island endemic Pericallis (Asteraceae: Senecioneae). PNAS. 96: 13886-13891