History of Botany: The Missouri Connection
Kleinman, Kim .
Edgar Anderson, The Missouri Botanical Garden and the Rise of Biosystematics.
Edgar Anderson--along with W.H. Camp of the New York Botanical Garden and the Bay Area group which included E.B. Babcock, Lincoln Constance, and G. Ledyard Stebbins--helped forge biosystematics in the 1930s and 1940s. Applying genetics to ecological, evolutionary, and taxonomic problems, this generation of workers deepened their practical and theoretical understanding of plants. Anderson came to the Missouri Botanical Garden from Harvard's Bussey Institution in 1922 as "Geneticist to the Garden." With a keen interest in natural history, he gladly accepted the suggestion of his MBG colleagues and students to take a serious interest in taxonomy, working on Iris and Tradescantia and exploring the Ozarks as well the intersection of genetics and systematics. Anderson's contribution to the rise of biosystematicsis rooted in his professional connection to the Missouri Botanical Garden and his field work in Missouri.
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1 - Webster University, Academic Advising Center, 470 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63119, USA
Missouri Botanical Garden
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Location: Lindell D/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Time: 9:30 AM