Matt Stata

Joined: Jan 16, 2021 Last Active: Sep 19, 2021 iNaturalist

I'm a plant biologist with an interest in evolutionary genomics at the University of Toronto. I'm particularly interested in the convergent evolution of complex traits in plants, such as C4 photosynthesis, which is essentially a sophisticated biochemical CO2 "pump" that greatly improves photosynthetic efficiency, especially in warm and dry habitats. Despite the complexity of the C4 mechanism, it has evolved independently well over 60 times in different lineages of flowering plants, both in monocots and eudicots. I'm currently working on a genomic project that aims to sequence close C3 and C4 relatives from every known C4 branch of the Angiosperm tree. Important species for this project occur on every continent except Antarctica. Any assistance with collection efforts would be tremendously appreciated!

This is a list of genera I am interested in:

Acanthopsis, Acroceras, Actinoschoenus, Adenogramma, Aerva, Aizoon, Allionia, Alloteropsis, Alternanthera, Amphicarpum, Anabasis, Andropogon , Anthaenantia, Anthephora, Anticharis, Aptosimum, Aristida, Arthraxon, Arthropogon, Arthrostylis, Arundinella , Arundo, Axonopus, Bassia, Bienertia, Blepharis, Blutaparon, Boerhavia, Bulbostylis, Calligonum, Camphorosma, Canastra, Caroxylon , Cenchrus, Centotheca, Centropodia, Chamissoa, Chloris, Chrysanthellum , Chrysopogon, Cleome, Climacoptera, Coelachne , Coleataenia, Coleataenia , Commicarpus, Coreopsis, Cornulaca, Cyperus, Cyphomeris, Cypselea, Danthonia, Digitaria, Echinochloa, Echinolaena , Eleocharis, Ellisochloa, Enneapogon, Enteropogon , Entolasia, Entoplocamia, Eragrostis , Eriachne, Euphorbia, Fimbristylis, Flaveria, Froelichia, Gisekia, Glinus, Glossocardia, Gomphrena, Halothamnus, Haloxylon, Haploesthes, Heliotropium, Heteropogon, Heterosperma, Homolepis, Homopholis, Hopia, Hymenachne, Hypertelis, Ichnanthus, Isachne, Isostigma, Jansenella, Jaumea, Kallstroemia, Kelleronia, Loudetia, Maireana, Melinis, Mesosetum, Mirabilis, Mollugo, Muhlenbergia, Neokochia, Neostapfia, Neyraudia, Noaea, Nyctaginea, Ochthochloa, Oncorachis, Oplismenopsis, Orcuttia, Otachyrium, Panicum, Paramollugo, Parodiophyllochloa, Paspalum, Pectis, Peliostomum, Phanopyrum, Pharnaceum, Pheidochloa , Phragmites, Pleuropterantha, Polycarpaea, Porophyllum, Portulaca, Pteropyrum, Rhynchospora, Salsola, Sartidia, Sartwellia, Schismus , Sedobassia, Sesuvium, Setaria, Spartina, Spartochloa, Sporobolus, Steinchisma, Stephostachys, Stipagrostis , Streptostachys, Suaeda, Sympegma, Tecticornia, Tetreana, Themeda , Thuarea, Thysanolaena, Tidestromia, Trianthema, Tribulocarpus, Tribulopis, Tribulus, Trigastrotheca, Triscenia, Tristachya, Urochloa, Walwhalleya, Xerotia, Zaleya, Zoysia, Zygophyllum

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