David Baum

David Baum

PhD. Washington University (1991)
Postdoctoral Research: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991-1994 

Address: 340 Birge Hall

Telephone: 608-265-5385


Department: Botany and Genetics

Research Interests

Clarifying the genetic basis for the evolution of diverse plant phenotypes and reconstructing evolutionary relationships from sequence variation

Research Fields

Evolutionary & Population Genetics

Research Description:

My lab is concerned with various empirical and theoretical issues in evolutionary biology mainly in the areas of phylogenetics (the elucidation of low-level genealogical relationships and the detection of reticulation) and evolutionary developmental biology. Additionally, we are conducting in-vitro selection experiments on the origin of life-like chemistry and are engaged in studies of the origin of eukaryotic cells.

Representative Publications:

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Stenz, N., Larget, B., Baum, D. A. and Ané, C. 2015. Exploring tree-like and non-tree-like patterns using genome sequences: An example using the inbreeding plant species Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. Systematic Biology

Baum, D. A. 2015. Selection and the origin of cells. Bioscience. [http://bioscience.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/biv063?ijkey=04g6p2yCggLJSNg&keytype=ref]

Rangan H., Bell, K. L., Baum, D. A., Fowler, R., McConvell, P., Saunders, T., Spronck, S., Kull, C. A., and Murphy, D. J. 2015. New genetic and linguistic analyses show ancient human influence on baobab evolution and distribution in Australia. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0119758. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119758.[link]

Baum, D. A. and Baum, B. 2015. We’ve got the evolution of complex cells inside-out. New Scientist. 3008: 28-29.

Baum, D. A. and Baum, B. 2014. An inside-out origin of the eukaryotic cell. BMC Biology. 12:76. [coverage including The Economist and F1000 - statistics at Altmetrics]

Baum, D. A. and Smith, S.D. 2013. Tree-thinking: An Introduction to Phylogenetic Biology. Roberts & Company. [http://www.roberts-publishers.com/authors/smith-stacey/tree-thinking-an-introduction-to-phylogenetic-biology.html]

Baum, D. A. 2013. Developmental causation and the problem of homology. Philosophy and Theory in Biology, 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/ptb.6959004.0005.003

Martins, T. R., Berg, J. J., Blinka, S., Rausher, M. D. and Baum, D. A. 2013. Precise spatio-temporal regulation of the anthocyanin biosynthetic pathway leads to petal spot formation in Clarkia gracilis (Onagraceae). New Phytologist 197: 958–969. [Commentary: New Phytologist 197: 687–689]

Cacho, N. I. and Baum, D. A. 2012. The Caribbean slipper spurge Euphorbia tithymaloides, the first example of a ring species in plants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. 279: 3377-3383. [Commentary: Nature 486, 442]

Correa, R. Stanga, J., Larget, B., Roznowski, A., Shu, G., Dilkes, B., and Baum, D. A. 2012. An assessment of transgenomics as a tool for identifying genes involved in the evolutionary differentiation of closely related plant species. New Phytologist 193: 494–503.