Andrew L. Hipp
PhD, Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison
As senior scientist in Plant Systematics and Herbarium Curator at The Morton Arboretum, Andrew Hipp, PhD, conducts and directs research that addresses the origins and evolution of plant diversity, using the tools of molecular systematics, genomics, field ecology, and herbarium study. Current research in the Hipp Lab focuses on oaks (Quercus, Fagaceeae), sedges (Carex, Cyperaceae), and the use of phylogenetic and trait diversity to inform questions in ecological restoration and community ecology.
- Phylogeny and diversification of the world's oaks
- Systematics, classification, and evolution of sedges
- Testing the effects of phylogenetic diversity on restoration outcomes in tallgrass prairie
- Digitizing and distributing specimen-based plant biodiversity data
- Paperbark maple genetic diversity
- Development of disease and pest resistant cultivars in elm and ash
- Conservation value in four genera at The Morton Arboretum
Andrew Hipp has played a leading role in phylogenetics of oaks (Quercus) and sedges (Carex) worldwide, and aggregation and dissemination of specimen- and species-level data about both groups (quercus.myspecies.info; cyperaceae.e-monocot.org). He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2013 to work with colleagues at INRA-BioGeCo in Bordeaux, France. He serves as a Lecturer in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at The University of Chicago and a Research Associate in the Integrative Research Center of The Field Museum. He is the author of more than 50-peer reviewed journal articles, two field guides, numerous book chapters and popular publications, online tools for plant identification, and three series of children's books on a variety of natural history topics. He has brought in more than $1.7 million in extramural funding to the Arboretum for his research program since starting in 2004. He has collaborated in the development of genetic markers for studies of gene flow and phylogenetics; development of analytical tools for phylogenetic analysis of DNA fingerprinting (AFLP) and restriction-site associated DNA (RADseq) data; phylogenetic and taxonomic investigations in sedges, oaks, elms, euphorbs, maples, 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.