Jacob Suissa

About Me

I am a botanists interested in plant structure, function, and evolution. Broadly, I explore how diverse phenotypic traits have evolved across geologic time, and how they function in a whole-plant context. To answer these questions, I study ferns, a diverse clade with over 11,000 species and a roughly 400-million-year history. My work integrates topics ranging from morphology, anatomy, and physiology, to character evolution, biogeography, and diversification.

In addition to my work as a scholar, I am also an avid nature photographer and science communicator.

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