Definition of Systematics

Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Fri Apr 14 16:17:58 CDT 2006


I don't think systematics = phylogenetics is an appropriate view.  Phylogenetics is part of systematics; the whole of systematics is much greater than phylogenetics.

Systematics encompasses all research that sheds light on the relationships among living organisms.

Dick J

Richard Jensen
Department of Biology
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, IN 46556

----- Original Message -----
From: Neil Sarkar <sarkar at AMNH.ORG>
Date: Friday, April 14, 2006 3:59 pm
Subject: Re: Definition of Systematics

> How about:
> "Systematics, or phylogenetics, is the science of organizing
> biologicalentities (e.g., organisms) into a directed hierarchical
> structure that
> implies the evolutionary history of life on Earth."
>
> I recently edited a journal issue that is comprised of a set of mostly
> review articles that cover some of the fundamental methods used in
> contemporary systematics:
>
> Journal of Biomedical Informatics; Volume 39; Issue 1
> http://www.genomecurator.org/jbi
> (this URL should redirect you directly to the journal website)
>
> While not aimed at the general public, it may still be informative.
>
> -Neil.
>
>
> On 2006/04/14 15:32, "Amy Rossman" <amy at NT.ARS-GRIN.GOV> wrote:
>
> > Communicating about the importance of systematics to non-
> specialists is
> > difficult.  Does
> > anyone have any thoughts on a good definition that is understood
> by the lay
> > public?
>
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