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 Botany Department is unique at UW 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. Our faculty conducts basic and applied research relevant to the state, nation and globe. Such topics include ecological disturbance, invasive species, symbiosis, global climate change, ecohydrology, forestry, and GMOs. These topics are investigated using such tools as spatial data analysis, remote sensing, genomics, computational science, stable isotopes, microscopy, biogeochemical and physiological approaches and field and laboratory experiments. Our students receive a high quality education through engagement in these topics and tools and faculty involvement in science education research. Within the department, we offer a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Botany and our faculty participate in several interdisciplinary degree programs.
Our strengths in research and teaching support our leadership and participation in interdisciplinary activities at UW including the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, interdisciplinary PhD programs (Program in Ecology, Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences, Hydrology Program) which produce the vast majority of doctoral degrees at UW, the Life Sciences Program which is the largest interdisciplinary undergraduate program on campus and can lead to the Biology B.S. degree offered in the department, the Science and Math Teaching Center, and the Wyoming School-University Partnership.