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About Systematic Botany
Masters degrees in Systematic Botany provide advanced training in a branch of taxonomy. They deal with the study of morphological, numerical, and molecular methods for identifying and classifying living and fossilised plants.
Postgraduate specialisms include areas such as Ethnobotany, Plant Taxonomy and Plan Bioinformatics. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Botany, Biology or Environmental Science.
Systematic Botany allows you to specialise in a multitude of areas within the field. For example, you may wish to focus on particular organisms such as angiosperms, fungi, cryptograms, weeds, and so on. You may wish to focus on these organisms in a wider context, in areas such as phylogenetics (evolutionary relationships), population genetics, and plant geography.
The practical training you receive - including lab testing, bioimaging, gene tracking, and practical fieldwork such as excavating and geographic information systems (GIS) - will provide you with valuable experience which you can use in a number of roles.
These may include: palaeobotany or ethnobotany; conservation and wildlife ecology including biodiversity management; taxonomic consultancy for museums, research institutes, and other organisations; further research and academia.
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The understanding of plant diversity and resources has never been more important. As we face the unprecedented challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, effective environmental surveillance and conservation depend upon detailed knowledge of plants and their habitats. Read more
Ethnobotany is an increasingly important subject. It is essentially interdisciplinary, involving knowledge of plants and their ecology in the context of their cultural, social and economic significance. Read more
With only a small percentage of the planet's diversity formally described by science, it is more important than ever to train a new generation of taxonomists who will go on to describe, understand and conserve biodiversity. Read more