Kenneth J. Sytsma
Kenneth J. Sytsma was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1954. He received a B.S. degree in biology (1976) from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich, USA, an M.S. degree in ecology (1979) from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich, USA, and a Ph.D. degree in biology: evolution & systematics (1983) from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo, USA, under the supervision of Dr. Peter Raven and Dr. Barbara Schaal. From 1983 to 1985, he did postdoctoral research with Dr. Leslie Gottlieb at the Genetics Department, University of California, Davis. Presently he is a Professor of botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sytsma has held in the past positions of Director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, Chair of the Department of Botany, and Chair of the Biology Undergraduate Major. He teaches plant systematics, plant geography, and vascular flora of Wisconsin. His main research interests include DNA-based systematics of flowering plants with emphasis on Onagraceae, order Myrtales, and Bromeliaceae; assessment of adaptive radiations in the Hawaiian Islands and isolated tropical montane peaks; historical biogeography.
Biography Updated on 18 February 2009