Julian R. Starr


Julian R. Starr
Associate Professor

Room: GNN 286
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 6100
Work E-mail: jstarr@uOttawa.ca

Julian R. Starr


My research is in systematics, the science that names, classifies and determines the evolutionary relationships of living things. My laboratory explores all types of systematic problems ranging from the identification and circumscription of species, to the biogeography, evolution and phylogenetics of higher-level taxa. Although I work on all types of vascular plants, my primary focus is on species from the sedge family (Cyperaceae), a truly remarkable group characterized by its exceptional diversity (ca. 5000 species), varied habitats (deserts to rain forests), unusual cytology (2n = 12 to 112) and diverse biogeographical patterns (e.g., Gondwanan, bipolar). To explore such diverse subjects, my laboratory uses both traditional morphological and anatomical methods as well as modern molecular techniques (e.g., DNA sequencing, microsatellites, AFLPs, etc.). Visit my Homepage for more information on my research, publications, and advantages of working in my laboratory at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Selected publications:
  • Starr, J. R., & B. A. Ford.. Phylogeny and evolution in Cariceae (Cyperaceae): current knowledge and future directions. The Botanical Review 75: 110-137., 2009
  • Starr, J. R., R. F. C. Naczi, & B. N. Chouinard.. Plant DNA barcodes and species resolution in sedges (Carex, Cyperaceae). Molecular Ecology Resources (in press)., 2009
  • Ford, B. A., R. F. C. Naczi, & J. R. Starr.. Carex sect. Phyllostachyae: the value of a multidisciplinary approach in conducting systematics studies in sedges. In Sedges: uses, diversity, and systematics of the Cyperaceae. eds. R. F. C. Naczi and B. A. Ford. Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 108: 227-242., 2008
  • Simpson, D. A., A. M. Muasya, M. V. Alves, J. J. Bruhl, M. W. Chase, C. A. Furness, K. Ghamkhar, P. Goetghebeur, T. R. Hodkinson, A. D. Marchant, A. A. Reznicek, E. H. Roalson, E. Smets, J. R. Starr, W. W. Thomas, K. L. Wilson, & X. Zhang.. Phylogeny of Cyperaceae based on DNA sequence data: a new rbcL analysis. Aliso 23: 72-83., 2007
  • Joly, S., J. R. Starr, W. H. Lewis, and A. Bruneau. Polyploid and hybrid evolution in roses east of the Rocky Mountains. American Journal of Botany 93: 412-425., 2006

Fields of Interest

  • Molecular systematics
  • DNA barcoding
  • Phylogeny
  • Evolution
  • Biodiversity
  • Taxonomy
  • Flora
  • Vascular plants
  • Sedges
  • Carex
  • Cariceae
  • Cyperaceae
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