What can monographs tell us about the natural world?

Taxonomy is comparative biology of traits and taxa. The most effective taxonomy is monographic in scope1, studying taxa across their entire geographic distribution2,3. This seminar will illustrate, with examples, from a recently published monograph1 of all morning glories (Ipomoea) in the New World, the potency of a monograph for completing the global inventory of species2,4, as well as providing insights on the evolution of a major crop2,3, transoceanic contact theories3 and divergence time analyses5-7.