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Andrew Hipp

Andrew HippAndrew Hipp
As senior scientist in Plant Systematics and Herbarium Curator at The Morton Arboretum, Andrew Hipp, PhD, directs research that addresses the origins and evolution of plant diversity, using the tools of molecular systematics, population genetics, cytogenetics, field ecology, and herbarium study. 

Current research focuses on two groups that pose complementary problems: oaks, which are remarkable in the degree to which they remain discrete despite extensive interspecific gene flow, and sedges, North America's largest vascular plant genus, in which morphologically and ecologically distinct species cohere despite extensive intraspecific chromosome variation. This research addresses questions of conservation significance using the methods of plant systematics and evolutionary biology.

Senior Scientist in Plant Systematics and Herbarium Curator


PhD, Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Andrew Hipp’s Plant Systematics Lab

Andrew Hipp is a 2013-2014 Fullbright Scholar, which allowed him to continue his research on “Weaving Together Forest Genomics and the Oak Tree of Life” in Bordeaux, France. He is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles, field guides, book chapters, and online tools for plant identification, and three series of children's books on a variety of natural history topics. He has collaborated in the development of genetic markers for studies of gene flow in wetland sedges; development of analytical tools for phylogenetic analysis of DNA fingerprinting (AFLP) data; taxonomic investigations in sedges, oaks, elms, euphorbs, and other vascular plant groups; and research into intraspecific and interspecific patterns of gene flow. He regularly collaborates in regional floristic projects and facilitates floristic and taxonomic projects through his role as Curator of The Morton Arboretum Herbarium and collaborator on vPlants, a virtual herbarium of the Chicago region. He speaks and reviews widely; mentors postgraduate, graduate and undergraduate researchers; teaches college courses; and works with elementary and grade school teachers to improve science teaching through hands-on research experience. He is the managing editor for the journal Systematic Botany.

2013 curriculum vitae
Andrew Hipp 2013 curriculum vitae (PDF)