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Austin R. Mast is a research botanist. Born in 1972, he obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2000. He is currently an associate professor within the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University (FSU), and has been director of FSU's Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium since August 2003.[1]

One of his main areas of research is the phylogenetics of Grevilleoideae, a subfamily of Proteaceae. In 2005 he showed the genus Banksia to be paraphyletic with respect to Dryandra,[2] Collaborating with Australian botanist Kevin Thiele, he subsequently transferred all Dryandra taxa to Banksia, publishing over 120 taxonomic names in the process.[3] The change has been adopted by the Western Australian Herbarium,[4] although has met with some controversy.[5]

He has recently started work on the Deep South Plant Specimen Imaging Project, which seeks to create a repository of annotated high-resolution digital images of plant specimens within the East Gulf Coastal Plain, a region with a very high diversity of rare and endangered plants.[6]


  1. ^ "Dr. Austin Mast". Faculty and Research, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University. Archived from the original on 7 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-22.
  2. ^ Mast, Austin R.; Eric H. Jones; Shawn P. Havery (2005). "An Assessment of Old and New DNA sequence evidence for the Paraphyly of Banksia with respect to Dryandra (Proteaceae)". Australian Systematic Botany. 18 (1): 75–88. doi:10.1071/SB04015.
  3. ^ Mast, Austin R. and Kevin Thiele (2007). "The transfer of Dryandra R.Br. to Banksia L.f. (Proteaceae)". Australian Systematic Botany. 20: 63–71. doi:10.1071/SB06016.
  4. ^ Thiele, Kevin (20 May 2008). "Why dryandras have changed their name". FloraBase: Western Australian Flora. Department of Environment and Conservation, Western Australian Herbarium. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  5. ^ O'neill, Graeme (14 September 2009). "Feature: Blooming controversy". Australian Life Scientist. IDG Communications. Archived from the original on 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  6. ^ "Deep South Plant Specimen Imaging Project". Retrieved 2007-05-08.
  7. ^ IPNI.  A.R.Mast.