Systematics and evolution of the Triodia basedowii species complex (Poaceae: Chloridoideae)

Benjamin Michael Anderson

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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    Through classifying units of biodiversity and inferring their relationships, systematists gain insight into evolution. My thesis involved a biosystematic investigation of a group of grasses found only in Australia. These grasses, commonly known as "spinifex" are a dominant part of the vegetation in the arid zone and targets for restoration, particularly in the Pilbara. I used traditional and new technologies to determine how many species were in the group and how they were related, with implications for their evolution As a result. I will name and describe eight new species, assisting efforts to protect them and restore ecosystems.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    • Thiele, Kevin, Supervisor
    • Krauss, Siegfried, Supervisor
    • Grierson, Pauline, Supervisor
    • Barrett, Matt, Supervisor
    Award date8 Dec 2016
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2016


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