My overall research objectives and planned direction remain constant: to integrate my own research skills in molecular systematics, morphology, genomics and developmental biology to peruse the questions raised from phylogenetic analysis; to combine this with researchers who are developing new methods in bioinformatics, and to apply this information to establish robust applied phylogenetic or phylogenomic hypotheses for a variety of large economically important groups such as Rutaceae, and Lecythidaceae. This will allow students to be broadly trained in applied systematics or phylogenomics so that they can accept the challenging questions we are now raising. This synthetic approach to systematics will not only provide useful training for students but will prove productive for me as a researcher and to advance the field of phylogenetics.
- Adjunct Professor
Bayer, R.J., D.J. Mabberley, C.M. Morton, C.H. Miller, I.K. Sharma, B.E. Pfeil, S. Rich, R. Hitchcock and S. Sykes (2009) A molecular phylogeny of the orange subfamily (Rutaceae: Aurantioideae) using nine cpDNA sequences American Journal of Botany 96:668-685.
J.R. Paul, C.M. Morton and S. Tonsor (2009) Evolutionary time for dispersal limits the extent, but not the occupancy of species ranges in a neotropical plant genus American Naturalist 173:188-199.
Dissanayake, D., C.M. Morton and G.T. Prance (2010) Morphological phylogenetic analysis of the Chrysobalanaceae inferred from chloroplast, nuclear and morphological data Annals of Missouri Botanical Garden 97(2):259-281.
Dr. Morton received her Ph.D. in 1994 at The New York Botanical Garden/CUNY, performed her postdoctoral studies at Kew Gardens, and joined the Department in 2006.