Our research and teaching are deeply rooted in organismal biology, i.e. the study of structure, function, and evolution at the level of the organism. We focus on questions of plant diversity – How have key structural features such as the angiosperm flower evolved? How is morphological diversity distributed among taxa? How are different structural features correlated with one another? Why are certain morphologies common and have evolved repeatedly while others are rare? We address these and related questions across a broad range of taxa and apply state-of-the art techniques as well as novel theoretical approaches to answer them.


Recent Publications 2020-2023

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Woutersen, A., Jardine, P. E., Silvestro, D., Bogotá-Angel, R. G., Zhang, H-X., Meijer, N., Bouchal, J., Barbolini, N., Dupont-Nivet, G., Koutsodendris, A., Antonelli, A., & Hoorn, C. (2023). The evolutionary history of the Central Asian steppe-desert taxon Nitraria (Nitrariaceae) as revealed by integration of fossil pollen morphology and molecular data. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, XX. https://doi.org/10.1093/botlinnean/boac050

Pan, A. D., Jacobs, B. F., Bush, R. T., de la Estrella, M., Grímsson, F., Herendeen, P. S., van der Burgt, X. M., & Currano, E. D. (2023). First evidence of a monodominant (Englerodendron, Amherstieae, Detarioideae, Leguminosae) tropical moist forest from the early Miocene (21.73 Ma) of Ethiopia. PLoS ONE, 18(1 January), [e0279491]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0279491


Quan, Y., da Silva, N. M., de Souza Lima, B. J. F., de Hoog, S., Vicente, V. A., Mayer, V., Kang, Y., & Shi, D. (2022). Black fungi and ants: a genomic comparison of species inhabiting carton nests versus domatia. IMA Fungus, 13, 1-13. [4]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s43008-022-00091-5

Michelangeli, F. A., Dellinger, A., Goldenberg, R., Almeda, F., Mendoza-Cifuentes, H., Fernández-Fernández, D. M., Ulloa Ulloa, C., & Penneys, D. S. (2022). Phylogenetics and taxonomy of the Tribe Merianieae. In R. Goldenberg, F. A. Michelangeli, & F. Almeda (Eds.), Systematics, Evolution and Ecology of Melastomataceae (pp. 255-273). Springer International Publishing Switzerland. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99742-7_11

Dellinger, A. S., Kopper, C., Kagerl, K., & Schönenberger, J. (2022). Pollination in Melastomataceae: A Family-Wide Update on the Little We Know and the Much That Remains to Be Discovered. In R. Goldenberg, F. A. Michelangeli, & F. Almeda (Eds.), Systematics, Evolution, and Ecology of Melastomataceae (pp. 585-607). Springer International Publishing Switzerland. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99742-7_26

Helmstetter, A. J., Zenil-Ferguson, R., Sauquet, H., Otto, S. P., Méndez, M., Vallejo-Marin, M., Schönenberger, J., Burgarella, C., Anderson, B., de Boer, H., Glémin, S., & Käfer, J. (2022). Trait-dependent diversification in angiosperms: patterns, models and data. bioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.05.18.490882


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