MSc Agnes Dellinger

Prae-doc university assistant
PhD-Student
4. floor, room 414
t: +43 (0)1 4277-540 83
m: agnes.dellinger@univie.ac.at

© Agnes Dellinger

Research interests

  • Floral evolution and pollination biology
  • Population ecology

Teaching

Current Courses

PhD-project

Pollinator shifts, population genetics and floral evolution in the Merianieae (Melastomataceae)

Project description

My PhD-project deals with pollinator shifts in a Neotropical subclade of the flowering plant family Melastomataceae. Pollination efficiency is thought to be a major driver of pollinator shifts in closely related plant species. Despite active research during recent decades, the underlying mechanisms of pollinator shifts and consequences for floral evolution are still poorly understood. In this comparative, multidisciplinary project, I propose an in-depth study of pollination efficiency of bee, hummingbird and passerine pollinators and an assessment of differential selection on floral traits mediated by these pollinators. As a model system, I chose the highly diverse Neotropical tribe Merianieae (Melastomataceae), which harbours bee, hummingbird and passerine pollinated species. The combination of manipulative field experiments in Ecuador and Costa Rica, next generation sequencing-based molecular tools and high-resolution X-ray computed tomography for morphological assessments provides a strong basis for elucidating drivers and consequences of pollinator shifts.

Curriculum Vitae

Current position

Education and scientific career

  • 2014 Research associate at the Department for Botany and Biodiversity research (CVL, head: Stefan Dullinger)
  • 2010 - 2013 Master programme in Community and Landscape Ecology (University of Vienna, Austria); 2010/2011 - Erasmus exchange, University of Lund, Sweden
  • 2007 - 2010 Bachelor programme in Ecology (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • 1999 - 2007 Secondary School, Klosterneuburg, Austria

Publications


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2019


2018


Dellinger, A., Artuso, S., Fernández-Fernández, D., Penneys, D. S., Michelangeli, FA., Alvear, M., ... Schönenberger, J. (2018). Floral trait convergence and functional differentiation concomitant with pollinator shifts in Merianieae (Melastomataceae). II Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Montpellier, France.


Dellinger, A., Scheer, L. M., Fernandez-Fernandez, D. M., Penneys, D. S., Tenhaken, R., Dötterl, S., & Schönenberger, J. (2018). Beyond pollination syndromes: disentangling complex vertebrate pollination systems in the genus Meriania (Melastomataceae). In XI International Symposium on Pollination: Abstracts


Dellinger, A., Scheer, L. M., Artuso, S., Fernandez-Fernandez, D. M., Penneys, D. S., Sornoza, F., ... Schönenberger, J. (2018). Beyond pollination syndromes: disentangling complex vertebrate pollination systems in the genus Meriania (Melastomataceae). In PopBio 2018: 31st Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ): Abstracts


Dellinger, A., Fernandez-Fernandez, D. M., Artuso, S., Penneys, D. S., Michelangeli, F. A., Alvear, M., ... Schönenberger, J. (2018). Cambios de polinizadores resultan en la reconstrucción de la flor. In XII Latin American Botanical Congress (LABC): Abstracts


Dellinger, A., Paun, O., Fernandez-Fernandez, D. M., Penneys, D. S., & Schönenberger, J. (2018). Impact of pollinator shifts on mating systems and population genetic diversity in a Neotropical plant group. In European Conference of Tropical Ecology, Annual Meeting of the society for Tropical Ecology (GTÖ): Challenges in Tropical Ecology and Conservation - Global Perspectives [S15-002]


Dellinger, A., Paun, O., Fernandez-Fernandez, D. M., Penneys, D. S., & Schönenberger, J. (2018). Population genetics as a tool for measuring connectivity in tropical plants – a case study from South American mountains. 34. Jahrestagung Lateinamerikaforschung Austria, Strobl am Wolfgangsee, Austria.


2017


Dellinger, A., Artuso, S., Fernandez-Fernandez, D., Penneys, D. S., Michelangeli, F. A., Alvear, M., ... Schönenberger, J. (2017). Bees, birds, bats - and mice? Pollination syndromes and floral traits in Merianieae (Melastomataceae). In IBC 2017, Abstract Book I: Oral Presentations (pp. 59). [T1-18-06]


Dellinger, A., Artuso, S., Fernandez-Fernandez, D., Penneys, D. S., Michelangeli, F. A., Alvear, M., ... Schönenberger, J. (2017). Functional differentiation and floral trait convergence in accordance with pollinator shifts in Merianieae (Melastomataceae). In IBC 2017, Abstract Book I: Oral Presentations (pp. 205). [T2-37-05]


Dellinger, A., Paun, O., Fernandez-Fernandez, D. M., Penneys, D. S., & Schönenberger, J. (2017). Impact of pollinator shifts on mating systems and population genetic diversity in a Neotropical plant group. In Population Biology in a Changing World. 30th Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland - GfÖ: Abstracts (pp. 31)


2016


2015


2014


Dellinger, A., Essl, F., Dullinger, S., & Hörandl, E. (2014). Effects of reproductive systems on ecological niche use of invasive species. In 16. Treffen der Österreichischen Botanikerinnen und Botaniker


Dellinger, A., Essl, F., Dullinger, S., & Hörandl, E. (2014). Move out without a pollinator: effects of reproductive systems on ecological niche use in invasive species. In 28th Annual Meeting of the Scandinavian Association for Pollination Ecologists - SCAPE


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Dellinger, A. (2013). Floral Structure and Pollination Biology of Axinaea (Melastomataceae). Master thesis,  Universität Wien, Wien. PDF available at: othes.univie.ac.at/28151/


Dellinger, A., & Berger, A. (2009). Vergesellschaftung, Habitatspezifität und pflanzensoziologische Bewertung der Vorkommen von Trifolium saxatile im Schalftal, Ötztaler Alpen, Tirol. Verh. zool.-bot. Ges., 146, 125-138. (Bachelorarbeit)