A broad description of my research area would be plant evolutionary biology, including a range of subdisciplines such as genomics, phylogenetics, systematics, population genetics, and taxonomy. From an organismal perspective, my major focus has been upon parasitic flowering plants, particularly the sandalwood order (Santalales). The wet lab portion of my research has generated nucleotide sequence data from plant nuclear, chloroplast and mitochondrial genomes and these data have been used to examine phylogenetic relationships as well as to study molecular evolutionary processes. In addition to molecular work, I continue to study the “whole plant” through detailed examination of plant morphology. I am involved in several floristic projects and these are tied to my interest in photographic documentation and photographic databases.