David A. Baum David A. Baum is a professor at the University of Wisconsin, where he conducts research in plant systematics, systematic theory, and plant evolutionary developmental genetics. He earned his Ph.D. in Population and Evolutionary Biology from Washington University in 1991, conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin, and then served as Assistant and Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He returned to the University of Wisconsin in 2001, and is now Professor and Chair of Botany and Director of the James F. Wright Institute for the Study of Evolution. Baum’s research has earned him awards including an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Young Investigator Award, an NSF Career Award, and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. In 2006 he was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for “outstanding contributions in the investigation of plant evolution and for excellence in teaching and mentoring in phylogenetics and evolutionary biology.” Baum teaches phylogenetic biology at both the introductory and advanced levels and has been offering workshops on phylogenies and tree thinking for K-12 teachers since 1999.