Krings, Alexander

Plant and Microbial Biology
alexander_krings@ncsu.edu
919-515-2700
919-515-3436 fax
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Conservation biology is a very multi-faceted discipline. I apply the tools of systematics to plant conservation--that is, the central focus of my work is the discovery, taxonomic circumscription, and monography of plants, and the subsequent development of applied resources that facilitate their identification and communication of information about them. Taxonomic understanding is an obligate prerequisite for any conservation work, guiding everything from rapid bioinventory, to official listing, species-specific biological inquiry, or management decisions. To document and understand plant diversity is Target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (Convention for Biological Diversity). Associated with this work, I serve on the NC DACS Plant Conservation Board. I welcome students interested in pursuing graduate degrees particularly in systematics and floristics. Our program has a rich history of contributing to the knowledge of the flora of the Southeast through floristic inventories undertaken as M.S. theses. Students interested in pursuing careers with environmental consultancies, non-governmental organizations like The Nature Conservancy, state agencies, or natural heritage programs have been well placed with such experience. I prefer students interested in systematics to work on New World groups or those invasive in the Southeast, because of the great needs and the obvious advantage of location, but am flexible.
 
Expertise:
  Natural Resources and Conservation | Systematics and Taxonomy
Country(s) of experience:
  Cuba | Guyana | Suriname |
Type(s) of International Experience:
  Researcher in an international project | Speaker at an international conference
Language(s):
  German | Spanish
Projects:
  Flora of the Guianas
01/01/2012 - 12/31/2013
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: Anton de Kom University of Suriname
  Flora de la Republica de Cuba
01/01/2010 - 10/01/2012
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: Jardín Botánico Nacional de Cuba