Research Interests

Dr. Began's research focuses on comparative developmental studies designed to analyze the patterns underlying the morphological features of early land plants, particularly the bryophytes (liverworts, mosses, and hornworts). Information gathered from these investigations is utilized to provide clarification of the systematic and evolutionary relationships among land plants. Methodologies employed include light and electron microscopy as well as experimental culture techniques. In addition, Dr. Began is involved in national and regional floristic studies intended to catalog and identify rare and endangered bryophyte populations.

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