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 2021-2023

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Alçiçek, H., Gross, M., Bouchal, J. M., Wesselingh, F. P., Neubauer, T. A., Meijer, T., van den Hoek Ostende, L. W., Tesakov, A., Murray, A. M., Mayda, S., & Alçiçek, M. C. (2023). Paleobiodiversity and paleoenvironments of the eastern Paratethys Pleistocene lacustrine-palustrine sequence in the Baklan Basin (SW Anatolia, Turkey). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 626, [111649]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2023.111649

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, 202(2), 195-214. https://doi.org/10.1093/botlinnean/boac050

Anderson, B., Pannell, J., Billiard, S., Burgarella, C., de Boer, H., Dufay, M., Helmstetter, A. J., Méndez, M., Otto, S. P., Roze, D., Sauquet, H., Schoen, D., Schönenberger, J., Vallejo-Marin, M., Zenil-Ferguson, R., Käfer, J., & Glémin, S. (2023). Opposing effects of plant traits on diversification. Iscience, 26(4), [106362]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2023.106362

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. (2023). Trait-dependent diversification in angiosperms: Patterns, models and data. Ecology Letters, 26(4), 640-657. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.14170

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


Delpeuch, P., Jabbour, F., Damerval, C., Schönenberger, J., Pamperl, S., Rome, M., & Nadot, S. (2022). A flat petal as ancestral state for Ranunculaceae. Frontiers in Plant Science, 13, [961906]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2022.961906

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

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