Evolution of Schiedea, a Genus Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands

Schiedea is a genus of 34 species in the carnation family (Caryophyllaceae) that is found only in the Hawaiian Islands. This genus of plants is known for having an extraordinary diversity of reproductive systems and serves as an excellent model to study how these systems evolved, particularly in the context of island biology. However, many of these species are threatened or endangered, and two have already gone extinct. In this project, we are using DNA sequence data to understand how these plants evolved and to form the foundation of future conservation efforts. (Wickett, Skogen, and collaborators)