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Paul Fryxell Adjunct Professor, Section of Integrative Biology
Education Research Publications ... Honors
- B.A., Biology, Augustana College (Illinois), 1949, magna cum laude.
- M.S., Genetics, Iowa State University, 1951.
- Ph.D., Genetics, Iowa State University, 1955.
Research Dr. Fryxell's principal interest is in the systematics and evolution of the family Malvaceae and, by extension, of other families in the order Malvales (Bombacaceae, Sterculiaceae, Tiliaceae), especially of the neotropics. He has a secondary interest in the history of botany, particularly of systematic botany, and of the important role of historical considerations in the development of systematic botany, especially that of field botanists and collectors, their itineraries, biographies, etc. In the past, Dr. Fryxell has worked with pollination and reproductive biology, has done some work on morphology and cytology, with ecology, and has done extensive work on the evolution, domestication, and taxonomy of cotton ( Gossypium ) and related genera. Currently his work centers largely on the systematics of the Malvales, including floristic studies; one major project is a monograph of the large genus