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Much of what genetics is today was determined by cytogenetic investigations of chromosomes. Today, while molecular technology complements this past research and pushes genetics into understanding the links between genes and chromosomes, classical cytogenetics and a chromosomal understanding of inheritance has gained great relevance. Dr. Sheffer has studied the cytogenetics of Anthurium, a very large and important genus of tropical plants sometimes known as the flamingo flower. His studies and the collections he has established over 20 years in the IU Northwest greenhouse provide a unique opportunity to understand the processes of inheritance in general as well as the phylogenetic relationships of these plants. He is also a research associate at the Missouri Botanical Garden.