Dr. Austin R. Mast
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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
Graduate Faculty Status
Dr. Austin Mast is currently recruiting new graduate students for Fall 2014.
Research and Professional Interests:
My research program involves topics within the broadly defined area of biodiversity study. I am particularly interested in (1) the interplay of ecology and evolution that determines the form and function of plant life on Earth and (2) the use of biodiversity research specimens and digital information about them to bring that interplay into sharper focus. A few examples:
In addition to those activities, I serve as Director of FSU's Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium, an Associate Editor of the journals Systematic Biology and Systematic Botany, a Steering Committee Member of the citizen science website Notes from Nature, and State Representative for the Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections.
I especially enjoy working with students and herbarium staff on projects focused on the biota of the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Panhandle. Students in my lab have studied such things as pollination, changes in range extent with climate change, invasive species, and the evolution of floral development.Selected Publications:
Uhen, M., A. Barnosky, B. Bills, J. Blois, M. Carrasco, M. Carrano, G. Erickson, J. Eronen, M. Fortelius, R. Graham, E. Grimm, M. O'Leary, A. Mast, W. Piel, D. Polly. 2013. From card catalogs to computers: Databases in vertebrate paleontology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33:13-28.
Nelson, G., D. Paul, G. Riccardi, and A. R. Mast. 2012. Five task clusters that enable efficient and effective digitizations of biological collections. ZooKeys 209: 19-45.
Mast, A. R., E. F. Milton, E. H. Jones, R. M. Barker, W. R. Barker and P. H. Weston. 2012. A time-calibrated phylogeny of the woody Australian genus Hakea (Proteaceae) supports multiple origins of insect-pollination among bird-pollinated ancestors. American Journal of Botany 99: 472-487.
Prasad, A. K. S. K., J. A. Nienow, R. J. Livingston, and A. R. Mast. 2010. Diatoms of the Gulf Coast of North Florida: Keys to the Families, Genera, and Species of Centric Diatoms. 853-page report (210 pages of figures) to the FL Department of Environmental Protection.
Sauquet, H., P. H. Weston, C. L. Anderson, N. P. Barker, D. J. Cantrill, A. R. Mast, and V. Savolainen. 2009. Contrasted patterns of hyperdiversification in Mediterranean hotspots. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106: 221-225.
Givnish, T. J., K. C. Millam, A. R. Mast, T. B. Patterson, T. J. Theim, A. L. Hipp, J. M. Henss, J. F. Smith, K. R. Wood, and K. J. Sytsma. 2009. Origin, adaptive radiation and diversification of the Hawaiian lobeliads. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 407-416.
Mast, A. R., C. L. Willis, E. H. Jones, K. M. Downs, and P. H. Weston. (2008). A smaller Macadamia from a more vagile tribe: inference of phylogenetic relationships and divergence times in Macadamia and relatives (tribe Macadamieae; Proteaceae). American Journal of Botany 95: 843-870.Postdoctoral Associates: