‌Paul Groff


Office: 4 Cox Science Center
1301 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33124
E-mail: pgroff@bio.miami.edu
Phone: (305) 284-3031


  • Ph.D.  Botany, University of California, Berkeley CA, 1989
  • Fulbright fellow, School of Plant Biology, University College of North Wales, Bangor, UK, 1984-1985
  • A.B. magna cum laude, Biology, Harvard College, 1980


I'm interested in the interface between plant evolution, systematics, and ecology. The species that have been recognized by biologists sometimes turn out to have surprising relationships in evolutionary history, and DNA sequence data reveal "cryptic species" that had previously been overlooked. I'm also interested in the evolution of whole-plant developmental morphology of plants (how they grow to achieve their form), including the relationships of shoot systems to root systems. In my study of several genera of gentians (family Gentianaceae) I'm also asking, and trying to answer, more general ecological questions, with data from the comparative historical biogeography/community genetics of mountain meadow species.


  • Groff, P. A., A. M. Hale, and B. A. Whitlock.  In review.  Chloroplast lineages in disjunct western North American populations of Swertia perennis(Gentianaceae). Systematic Botany.
  • Whitlock, B. A., A. M. Hale, and P. A. Groff. 2010.  Intraspecific inversions pose a challenge for the trnH-psbA plant DNA barcode.  PLoS One 5(7): e11533.
  • Kaplan, D. R., and P. A. Groff. 1995. Developmental themes in vascular plants: functional and evolutionary significance. Pp. 111-145 in Hoch, P. C., and A. G. Stephenson, ed., Experimental and molecular approaches to plant biosystematics, Missouri Botanical Garden monographs in systematic botany, Vol. 53, St. Louis.
  • Groff, P. A., and D. R. Kaplan. 1988. The relation of root systems to shoot systems in vascular plants. The Botanical Review: 54: 387-422.