The legacy of Sam Vander Kloet

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Date: May 1, 2012
From: Botany(Vol. 90, Issue 5)
Publisher: NRC Research Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 800 words
Lexile Measure: 1440L

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This issue of Botany is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Sam Vander Kloet and highlights some of the research and collaborations he inspired. This collection of papers provides a tribute to Sam, and the short obituary that follows this introduction provides a flavor of Sam's personality and highlights his impact on his students, colleagues, and collaborators. While Sam's primary research focus was the taxonomy of Vaccinium (e.g., Blueberries), to which he contributed a seminal North American monograph, he also contributed numerous detailed papers on the taxonomy of the family Ericaceae as well as their underlying biology. This collection of papers, of which Sam is a co-author on four, provides insights into Sam's interests in plant biology and the importance of plant taxonomy as a foundation for ecological, horticultural, and ethnobotanical advances.

The legacy of a taxonomist rests in the first instance with the taxonomic insight that their work brings to their organisms. Additional legacies include the actual collections on which those decisions were based and the use of the living materials as genetic resources. The latter is emphasized in Hummer et al. (2012) who highlight the breadth of the living resources that Sam provided and their current status in...

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