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Benjamin Torke

I am a plant systematist and evolutionary biologist currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. I am interested in the classification and evolution of tropical trees of the bean family (Leguminosae) and the evolutionary and ecological processes that generate and maintain high species diversity in tropical rainforests. Before coming to the Academy, I completed my PhD on the evolution and systematics of the tropical tree genus Swartzia and related genera of the "swartzioid" clade of legumes in the laboratory of Dr. Barbara Schaal at Washington University and at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Before that, I worked as a curatorial assistant in the Herbarium of the New York Botanical Garden. I have a substantial publication record on the systematics of the "swartzioid" legumes, with emphasis on the genus Swartzia.

Contributor Type: Scientific Core Contributor
Institution: Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Assigned Groups: Swartzioid_clade
Contributor ID: 3596

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