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Richard C. Keating, Ph.D.,Richard C. Keating, Ph.D.
Research Associate

Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.
Commissioner, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
Vice President, James and Aune Nelson Foundation, Godfrey, IL

office phone: + 1 (314) 577-0826
fax: + 1 (314) 577-0820
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Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1965
M.S., University of Cincinnati, 1962
B.A., Colgate University, 1959
Comparative anatomy of dicots, monocots Adaptations of flowering plant leaves growing in stressed habitats Microtechniques, Microscopy, Photography
Available upon request
Research Emphases Comparative study of woody plant structural adaptations along geographic transects. Emphasis on changes in Salix leaves encountered in transitions from low elevations and latitudes to arctic and cold timberlines in North America A compilation of simple methods for the preparation of structural materials for anatomical study A field guide to the 8000 acre Pere Marquette State Park, Jersey Co., IL
Selected Publications Cusimano, N., Bogner, J., Mayo, S. J, Boyce, P. C.,Wong, S. Y., Hesse, M., Hetterscheid, W. L. A., Keating, R. C., and French, J. C. 2011. Relationships within Araceae: comparison of morphological patterns with molecular phylogenies. American Journal of Botany 98: 654-668. Keating, R. C. 2011. Colorado’s Spanish Peaks Region. An Exploration Guide to History, Natural History, Trails and Drives. Missouri Botanical Garden Press. St. Louis. 350 pp. Keating, R. C. 2005. William Gerald D'Arcy, 1931-1999: biography, bibliography, plant taxa named by him, and plant taxa named in his honor, Pp. 3-23, In Keating, R. C., V. Hollowell, & T. C. Croat (eds.) A Festschrift for William G. D'Arcy, The Legacy of a Taxonomist. Missouri Botanical Garden Monographs in Systematic Botany 420 pp. Keating, R. C. 2004. Systematic occurrence of raphide crystals in Araceae, Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 91: 495-504. Keating, R. C. 2004. Vegetative anatomical data and its relation to a revised classification of the genera of Araceae. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 91: 485-494. Little, S. A., R. A. Stockey and R. C. Keating, R. C. 2004. Duabanga-like leaves from the Middle Eocene Princeton chert and comparative leaf histology of Lythraceae sensu lato. Amer. J. Bot. 91: 1126-1139. Keating, R. C. 2003. Anatomy of the Monocotyledons. Vol. 9. Acoraceae and Araceae. Oxford University Press. New York. 327 pp. Keating, R. C. 2003. Leaf anatomical characters and their value in understanding morphoclines in the Araceae. Bot. Rev. 68: 510-523. Gordon, A., and Keating R. C. 2001. Light microscopy and determination of Eryngium yuccifolium Michaux leaf material in twined slippers from Salts Cave, KY. J. Archeol. Sci. 28: 55-60. D'Arcy, W. G., Keating, R. C., Zhang, Z-Y., and Peng, C- I. 2001. The genus Tubocapsicum (Solanaceae). Bot. Bull. Academia Sinica 42: 67-84. Keating, R. C. 2000. Anatomy of the young vegetative shoot of Takhtajania perrieri (Winteraceae). Ann. Missouri Bot Gard. 87: 335-346. Keating, R. C. 2000. Collenchyma in Araceae: trends in relation to classification. Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 134: 203-214. McPherson, G., van der Werff, H., and R. C. Keating. 1997. A new species of Xerophyta (Vellozia) from Madagascar. Novon 7: 387-394. Keating, R. C. 1996. Anther investigations: a review of methods, Pp. 255-271, in W. G. D'Arcy & R. C. Keating (eds.) The Anther, Form, Function and Phylogeny. Cambridge Univ. Press. New York. 336 pp. D'Arcy, W. G., R. C. Keating, and S. L. Buchmann. 1996. The oxalate package or so-called resorption tissue in some bee-pollinated angiosperms. Pp. 159-191, In, W. G. D'Arcy and R. C. Keating (eds.) The Anther, Form, Function and Phylogeny. Cambridge University Press. New York. 336 pp.