Steve Newmaster

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Research Description

My research program explores biodiversity; the variety of life across landscapes, and communities at both the organismal and molecular levels. I am particularly intrigued by new molecular techniques for exploring cryptic diversity in plants and for commercial use in medicinal product authentication.

Research Summary

My research explores biodiversity from different perspectives and scales. For example, we have been developing molecular diagnostic tools for plant identification, including herbal product authentication and certification within the food and natural product industry. We also actively contribute to the Plant Barcode of Life project and investigate the intra and interspecific variation in plastid and nuclear markers for plants. In addition, my research seeks to incorporate both Indigenous knowledge and DNA-based approaches to understanding diversity. At the ecosystem scale, I have extensively researched patterns of floristic diversity in forest ecosystems and studied the effects of ecosystem management on community structure. On top of this, I am engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and have recently looked at 1) learning objects as mechanisms of engagement, 2) active learning within large first year biology classes, and 3) ancient pedagogies from some of the most remote cultures on the planet.

Techniques Used

Alpha taxonomy, morphometric techniques, modern genomics, sequencing molecular data

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