[Taxacom] Systematic Biology textbook

Ashley Nicholas Nicholasa at ukzn.ac.za
Thu Nov 8 05:20:37 CST 2012

 Hi Alan,

I have used the following books for my Plant Systematic modules:

WOODLAND, D.W. 2009. Contemporary Plat Systematics 4th edn. Andrew University Press, Berrien Springs. ISBN 978-1-883925-64-2. [This is a nice mix of practical and field botany and molecular systematics Introduces students to the broad picture -- good level 2 & 3 textbook]

SIMPSON, M.G. 2010. Plant Systematics. 2nd edn. Elsevier Academic Press: Burlington. ISBN 978-0-12-374380-0. [This is a popular text book in South Africa for years 2 to honours].

JUDD, W.S., CAMPBELL, C.S., KELLOGG, E.A., STEVENS, P. & DONOGHUE, M.J. 2007. Plant Systematics: A Phylogenetic Approach. Sinauer Associates : Sunderland. ISBN-13: 9780878934072. [Excellent for Honours and Postgrad teaching]

SOLTIS, D.E., SOLTIS, P.E., ENDRESS, P.K. & CHASE, M.C. 2005. Phylogeny and Evolution of Angiosperms. Sinauer Associates : Sunderland. ISBN 0 87893 817 6 [Focused on the molecular -- for the more mature student]

I would be interested to see what other lecturers around the world are using.


Ashley Nicholas (PhD)
Associate Professor & Curator Ward Herbarium
School of Life Science,  Westville Campus
University of KwaZulu-Natal,
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Durban, 4000, South Africa
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After a ten-year hiatus, I'm going to be teaching Systematic Biology this spring to a mix of graduate and upper division undergraduate students. The class itself is a mix of lecture and lab, and I've been looking over a few recently published books as potential texts. Wiley and Lieberman (2011) looks like a solid candidate for lecture topics; Barry Hall's book seemed promising as a hands-on guide, except for its exclusive focus on molecular data (not sure how I missed that).

Anyone have any experiences with these, or others, as course textbooks? Any suggestions or recommendations would be most appreciated.



Alan Harvey
Professor of Biology
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8042
(912) 478-5784
fax (912) 478-0845

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