Taxonomy and systematics provide the foundation for studying the diversity of the living world. 

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to all areas of systematic biology, from species description to phylogeny reconstruction. The pervasive role of phylogenetic data in evolutionary biology (e.g., biogeography, character evolution, etc.) and other fields (e.g., epidemiology, anthropology, agriculture, etc.) is highlighted. The integration of systematics with biodiversity sciences is stressed, including the importance of museum sciences, and the role of systematics in conservation biology