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Mark Bierner
Senior Lecturer, Ph.D.

Main Office: MAI 228CB
Phone: 512-820-9723

Mailing Address
Section of Integrative Biology
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station
Austin ,TX 78712

Mark Bierner

Research Summary

Mark Bierner received his B.A. in Botany and Ph.D. in Systematic Botany from the University of Texas at Austin. Courses he has taught include Introductory Biology, Introductory Botany, Plants and Our World, Native Plants, Local Flora, Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution, Systematic Botany, Biochemical Systematics, and Special Topics in Systematics. He also introduced a new course at The University of Texas entitled Plants, Environment, and Human Affairs, which he taught at the main campus in Austin and also in Sevilla, Spain. He is currently working on a new online course for The University of Arizona entitled Useful Wild Plants of Arizona. In addition to being a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas, Dr. Bierner is Professor of Arid Lands Studies and Professor of Plant Sciences at The University of Arizona.

Dr. Bierner's research focuses on phylogenetic and systematic studies of flowering plants, in particular members of subtribes Gaillardiinae and Tetraneuridinae of the sunflower family, Asteraceae. Dr. Bierner uses data from morphologic, cytologic and molecular studies to define the taxonomic units within these subtribes (i.e., genera, subgenera, sections, subsections, species, subspecies, varieties) and to better understand their evolutionary histories and present-day relationships. He is currently working on treatments of several genera for the Jepson Manual of Plants of California.



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