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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Reginato, M., Ordónez-Parra, C. A., Messeder, J. V. S., Brito, V. L. G., Dellinger, A., Kriebel, R., Marra, C., Melo, L., Cornelissen, T., Fuzessy, L., Sperotto, P., Calderón-Hernández, M., Guerra, T. J., Kopper, C., Mancipe-Murillo, C., Pizo, M. A., Posada-Herrera, J. M., Hasui, É., Silva, W. R., & Silveira, F. A. O. (2024). MelastomaTRAITs 1.0: A database of functional traits in Melastomataceae, a large pantropical angiosperm family. Ecology, 105(6), [e4308]. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.4308

Quan, Y., Deng, S., Prenafeta-Boldủ, F. X., Mayer, V. E., Muggia, L., Cometto, A., Vicente, V. A., da Silva, N. M., Grisolia, M. E., Song, Y., Ahmed, S. A., Niu, X., de Souza Lima, B. J. F., Feng, P., Vitale, R. G., Teixeira, M., Sudhadham, M., de Azevedo, C. P. E. S., Bocca, A., ... de Hoog, S. (2024). The origin of human pathogenicity and biological interactions in Chaetothyriales. Fungal Diversity, 125(1), 99-120. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13225-023-00518-3

Silva, S. J. B. D., Leme, F. M., Franco, A. P. S. D. A., Arruda, R. D. C. D. O., Schönenberger, J., & Alves, F. M. (2024). Comparative floral anatomy and evolutionary interpretations of cryptic dioecy in Ocotea velloziana (Lauraceae). Rodriguésia, 75, [e01522023.2024].

Barreto, E., Boehm, M. M. A., Ogutcen, E., Abrahamczyk, S., Kessler, M., Bascompte, J., Dellinger, A. S., Bello, C., Dehling, D. M., Duchenne, F., Kaehler, M., Lagomarsino, L. P., Lohmann, L. G., Maglianesi, M. A., Morlon, H., Muchhala, N., Ornelas, J. F., Perret, M., Salinas, N. R., ... Graham, C. H. (2024). Macroevolution of the plant–hummingbird pollination system. Biological Reviews, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.13094


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

Denk, T., Bouchal, J. M., Güner, H. T., Coiro, M., Butzmann, R., Pigg, K. B., & Tiffney, B. H. (2023). Cenozoic migration of a desert plant lineage across the North Atlantic. New Phytologist, 238(6), 2668-2684. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.18743

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

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