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Biology of Isoetales, a colloquium in honor of Dr. W. Carl Taylor

Moran, Robbin C. [1].

An appreciation of Carl Taylor and his contributions to Isoëtology.

Carl Taylor has been researching ferns and quillworts for nearly all of his botanical career. This talk will review his accomplishments as a researcher and, more recently, as an administrator at the National Science Foundation. When Carl began his studies on Isoëtes, it was believed that Isoëtes species did not hybridize and there was no polyploidy in the genus. Primarily because of his studies of Isoëtes at Neva Lake in remote northern Wisconsin, Carl realized that hybridization and polyploidy were important evolutionary mechanisms in the genus. This realization showed the way for other Isoëtologists to study these phenomena. Besides research on Isoëtes, Carl has published a flora on the ferns and lycophytes of Arkansas, and an update on the ferns and lycophytes of Wisconsin. Carl has been influential through his teaching and by getting younger people interested in plants. Some personal anecdotes about Carl and his career will also be included in this talk.

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1 - The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York, 10458, USA


Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Session: C05, Biology of Isoetales, a colloquium in honor of W. Carl Taylor
Location: 101/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
Time: 8:15 AM
Number: C05001
Abstract ID:306
Candidate for Awards:None

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