George Weiblen, a professor in the Department of Plaint Biology and curator with the Bell Museum of Natural History, has been named a 2014 Distinguished McKnight Professor. He was a 2005-06 McKnight Land-Grant Professor and a 2006-08 McKnight Presidential Fellow. Weiblen joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 2001. He studies plant and insect systematics, population genetics, molecular phylogenetics, ecology and coevolution. He conducts field research in Papua New Guinea focused on tropical forest ecology and conservation. In addition to research, he teaches courses on Minnesota flora, flowering plant diversity and phylogenetics. He held an adjunct appointment during 2001-2011 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.