Systematics is the study of phylogenetic patterns among biological taxa and their classification.  It serves as the basis for all other biological studies that compare features among organisms.  For more on systematics and why it is important, click here.

      The systematics group at Ohio State comprises researchers from three departments in two colleges -- Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology (EEOB) and School of Earth Sciences (College of Arts and Sciences) and Biomedical Informatics (College of Medicine and Public Health).  Although we have diverse interests, we all work on reconstructing patterns of phylogenetic relationships among taxa and interpreting them.

      Because we study biodiversity, maintaining research collections of organisms is important for our program.  We have the following systematics collections here at Ohio State: Herbarium, Fishes, Molluscs, Vertebrates, Insects, and Acarids.  The recent collections are housed in the Museum of Biological Diversity and the fossil collections are housed in the Orton Geological Museum.