Revising the classification of the temperate zone's largest angiosperm genus (Carex, Cyperaceae), and training the next generation of sedge systematists

This international collaborative project aims to produce a global sectional revision of Carex (Cyperaceae) and its embedded genera (CymophyllusKobresia, Uncinia, and Schoenoxiphium). Through collaborations among researchers on all continents where Carex may be found, we are building a phylogenetic framework using DNA sequence data as a foundation for a global reclassification. At the same time, we are enhancing tools of online biodiversity informatics, strengthening international collaboration, and training students and young researchers in the sedge systematics.

This project is funded by U.S. National Science Foundation Awards 1255901 and 1256033, as well as grants to collaborators.