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David C. Tank

David Tank

Affiliate faculty — Department of Biological Sciences


University of Wyoming, Botany



David Tank
  • Ph.D., University of Washington, Botany/Molecular Plant Systematics, 2006
  • M.S., Michigan State University, Botany & Plant Pathology/Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior, 2000
  • B.S., Michigan State University, Botany & Plant Pathology, 1998

I am a Plant Systematist and Evolutionary Biologist, and I am broadly interested in the investigation of the patterns and processes that shape plant biodiversity. In general, my research is focused on the use of molecular methods to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships in plants and the application of phylogenetic methods to understand plant evolution.

In addition to my phylogenetic research program, I am also the Director of the University of Idaho Stillinger Herbarium – a collection of over 200,000 vascular plants, nonvascular plants, lichens, and fungi. Scientific collections form the permanent record for all ecological and evolutionary research that investigates the origin and maintenance of biological diversity.


Department of Biological Sciences

Physical Address:
Life Sciences South 252

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3051
Moscow, ID 83844-3051

Phone: 208-885-6280

Fax: 208-885-7905


Web: Department of Biological Sciences