Our vision is to conduct innovative research, teaching and outreach on the patterns and processes of life with a focus on plants and their environments.
Our mission is to foster an environment of excellence by attracting and supporting the outstanding students, faculty and staff needed to sustain our vision. We focus on the patterns and processes that enable predictive understanding of plants and their environments at local, regional, and global scales, leading to strengths in the areas of ecology, evolution, and systematics. The department is unique because of our focus on fundamental research and teaching on plants as well as our study of populations, communities and ecosystems of which they are the key component. Within the department, we offer a Graduate in Botany and our faculty participates in
several interdisciplinary degree programs.