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Applied Systematics in Botany

Curriculum & Degree Completion



Welcome from the Program Director:
Dr. Aaron Liston

Systematics is the science devoted to the discovery, description, and classification of the earth's biological diversity. The need for an accurate and comprehensive knowledge of biological diversity is now recognized by a broad array of interests in the public and private sectors. Plants and fungi are the focus of current initiatives in the conservation of endangered species, the restoration of native ecosystems, and the control of invasive weeds. In these and other endeavors, the accurate identification of plants and fungi plays a pivotal role. Oregon State University's Professional Science Master's Degree Program in Applied Systematics was designed to provide students with the tools and experience needed to become proficient in this area.

Oregon and the Pacific Northwest possess a wealth of habitats and climates. These environments contribute to the plant and fungal diversity of the region, and provide an exceptional natural laboratory for learning about these organisms. While most of our courses focus on the plants and fungi of this region, the skills obtained here will provide you with the primary skills needed for understanding botanical diversity in other parts the world. To learn more about our program, please explore this website.

Program Director: Applied Systematics in Botany
Dr. Aaron Liston
Oregon State University
Department of Botany & Plant Pathology
4086 Cordley Hall
Corvallis OR 97331
Phone: (541) 737-5301
E-mail: listona@science.oregonstate.edu

View our brochure: systematics.brochure.pdf

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