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IAPT Research Grants

Awarded Grants

Awarded 2020

A total of 137 applications were received in the 2020 research grant round.

The following 24 applications were selected for funding, with a total of $41,700 (US) awarded.

The role of the Andean uplift into the radiation of Brachyotum (Melastomataceae)

Louisiana State University

Brachyotum acts as a model for studying evolution in mountains. Occurring on top of the Andes, Brachyotum possesses innovative traits potentially correlated to its diversification. Since that area holds the youngest ecosystems in the Andes, Brachyotum might have radiated rapidly. By using ddRADseq, this project aims to understand such diversification.


Diego Paredes-Burneo


Understanding how geography drives evolutionary processes in the campos rupestres

University of Florida

My goal is to understand phylogenetic relationships and diversity within the campos rupestres using Begonia Section Tetrachia Brade as a model group. Also, I plan on understanding diversification and niche evolution patterns for the species in this genus to elucidate whether campos rupestres acted as an interglacial refugium. Finally, I will use niche modelling analyses to assess if future climatic changes projected for the year 2080 will impact the future distribution of these species. Hopefully, this study will serve as an example to other floristic studies conducted in the campos rupestres.


Maria Beatriz de Souza Cortez


Formation and Persistence of a Co-Occurring Mixed Cytotype Autopolyploid System

University of Florida

The impact of multiple origins on the genetics and ecology of a naturally occurring multi-cytotype autopolyploid system has largely been overlooked. Multiple formations of both the triploid and tetraploid cytotypes of Galax urceolata (Diapensiaceae) make this the ideal system to investigate relatedness among cytotypes and cytotype-specific soil chemistry/microbial associations.


Michelle Gaynor


Systematics and Biogeography of Piptocarpha R.Br. (Vernonieae, Asteraceae).

University of Campinas

The project aims to reconstruct the phylogeny and biogeography of the genus Piptocarpha, to understand and compose a greater panorama of the evolution of the Amazon and Atlantic Forest biomes. Besides helping to fill the gap in the phylogeny of American Vernonieae.


Danilo Poso Volet


A comprehensive phylogeny of Chrysobalanaceae with emphasis on evolution of the genus Hirtella

Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana

Chrysobalanaceae is a pantropical member of Malpighiales that was poorly sampled in phylogenetic and biogeographic studies. This project will build a comprehensive plastome phylogeny for this family, that will be used as basis for reconstructing the biogeographic history and investigating the evolution of its largest and exclusively Neotropical genus, Hirtella.


Renata Asprino


Evolution of Amazonian and Atlantic Forests: Historical Biogeography and Evolution of Stifftia J.C. Mikan (Asteraceae)

Federal University of Uberlândia, UFU.

The genus Stifftia has six species, of which two occurs in the Amazon (AM), and the remaining species occur in Atlantic Forest (AT). Stifftia is a good model for study the diversification and biogeography of the Biota of AM and AT. So, the objectives of the study are: (1) Propose a well supported phylogenetic hypothesis for Stifftia based on NGS data, (2) infer ancestral areas and its divergence times based on fossil calibration; (3) infer morphological evolution searching for synapomorphies of the tribe; (4) increase data sampling of Stifftieae by studding its specimens at MO and US herbaria.


Marcelo Monge


Phylogenetic relationships of angiosperm fossil flowers, and their relevance to investigate floral evolution

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México

This project seeks to integrate well-preserved fossil flowers into phylogenetic frameworks combined with extant taxa, with the purpose of investigating the time of origin and diversification of all angiosperm families, as well as broad-patterns of floral evolution informed by the combination of fossils and extant taxa.


Andrea López Martínez


Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of the genus Sonerila (Melastomataceae) with special emphasis on India

Department of Botany, University of Calicut, Kerala, India

The present project is focused on Sonerila (Melastomataceae), a species-rich, taxonomically complex, tropical Old World genus and on the infraspecific and intergeneric relationships of the taxa using molecular approaches. Monophyly of a genus is important for a stable classification system, and here we test this explicitly because it has been shown that several genera in tribe Sonerileae are polyphyletic.




Monograph of Ceratozamia genus (Zamiaceae, Cycadales): an integrative approach

Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Given that a strong taxonomic framework for Ceratozamia is lacking, the primary goal of this project is to make a monograph. Considering the taxonomic history of Ceratozamia, I will search relatively unexplored localities in Mesoamerica and older species few known because their latest botanical records date back 50 years. The circumscription will consider multiple datasets in order to uncover new morphological, anatomical, phenological, and molecular (i.e. DNA) characters under modern systematic biology frameworks such as ‘integrative taxonomy’.




Phylogeny, Taxonomy and Conservation of Kalanchoe (Crassulaceae) in Kenya

Kenyatta University, Kenya

My PhD project aims to resolve taxonomic relationships in East African members of the genus Kalanchoe Adans., a genus of succulent and herbaceous shrubs native to Africa, Madagascar, Arabia as well as Brazil and tropical Asia. I will examine species and infraspecific concepts in two species complexes viz. Kalanchoe lateritia and Kalanchoe nyikae, evaluate utility of species of Kalanchoe in relation to phylogeny, and establish the conservation status of the genus Kalanchoe in Kenya, using an integrated molecular methods and morphological trait-based analysis.


Gertrude Vwononi Evusa


Systematics and phylogenomics of Brassicales focusing on the family Capparaceae

Escola Nacional de Botânica Tropical, Instituto de Pesquisa Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

The project aims to carry out the most comprehensive phylogeny of Brassicales. Fifty percent of its genera will be next-generation sequenced. As Capparaceae has been undergoing constant reorganizations, all genera of the family will be studied, aiming to improve the understanding of phylogenetic relationships, and the circumscriptions of monophyletic groups.


Jaquelini Luber


Towards an integrative revision of the overlooked genus Ecclinusa (Sapotaceae): taxonomy, molecular phylogeny, and diversification patterns

National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA, in Portuguese)

This proposal is part of my Ph.D. thesis research and will investigate how many species of Ecclinusa there are in Neotropics, how they can be identified using DNA sequences and morphological characters, and how the different species are related to one another in an evolutionary context.


Caroline Vasconcelos


“Towards an integrative taxonomy of the Mexican species of the Elaphoglossum
petiolatum complex”

Faculty of Superior Studies of Zaragoza (National Autonomous University of Mexico)

My PhD project aims to contribute to the systematics of Elaphoglossum, one of the most taxonomically challenging fern genera. I request funds to visit one of the world specialists in the genus to complete a taxonomic revision of a monophyletic group containing eight species, three of them endemic to Mexico.


Ana Gabriela Martinez Becerril


Species delimitation of Pitcairnia (Bromeliaceae) in Hispaniola

University of Illinois at Chicago

Pitcairnia (Bromeliaceae) has five or six species in Hispaniola. Current species boundaries, however, make no sense in terms of geographic distribution, habitat, and phylogenetic groupings. My goal is to propose a more accurate classification based on molecular, morphological, and environmental data.


Natalia Ruiz-Vargas


Systematic revision of the genus Indigofera L. in the Greater Cape Floristic Region

University of Cape Town

The genus Indigofera within the GCFR comprises of over 100 species, of which, approximately 30 are undescribed. The primary aim of this study is to revise the genus Indigofera within the GCFR, including the description of all new species, produce a comprehensive molecular phylogeny and answer some evolutionary questions.


Brian du Preez


Systematics of Philippine Cyrtandra J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. (Gesneriaceae)

University of Leipzig

The project entitled Systematics of Philippine Cyrtandra J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. (Gesneriaceae) is the PhD project of the author. The project aims to: (1) conduct a taxonomic revision of Philippine Cyrtandra; (2) utilize molecular phylogenetic analyses to resolve evolutionary species relationships and to examine their rich assembly; and, (3) perform analyses of biogeography and evolutionary dynamics. The grant money is planned to be used for herbarium visits and fieldwork in the Philippines particularly in the island of Mindanao where sampling has been scarce. Fieldwork will be in coordination C


Jay Edneil Olivar



Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM); University of Montpellier (UM). In employment of Forest Research Institute Malaysia. On study leave currently and enrolled in a cotutelle PhD programme co-funded by Agropolis International-UPM-SEARCA (Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture).

This is a multiple institute collaborated cotutelle PhD project for a studentship at UPM and UM. The goal is to safeguard the genetic diversity in wild relatives of, and domesticated Garcinia mangostana through (i) clarification of their origin and genetic variations and (ii) formulation of conservation and sustainable use strategies.


YAO Tze Leong


Discovering new ‘superfruits’: from taxonomy to phytochemistry of Brazilian Eugenia (Myrtaceae) fruits

Universidade Estadual de Campinas

This project aims to undertake the first evolutionary study of Eugenia L. (Myrtaceae) fruits including morphological and chemical traits. The project employs a multidisciplinary approach to take the first step in promoting potential use of unknown native and neglected Brazilian fruits as food sources.


Karinne Sampaio Valdemarin


Taxonomic revision of Bernardia bifid style clade (Euphorbiaceae), a mostly South American group with a large morphological heterogeneity

Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana

This project is part of my PhD thesis and aims to visit the European herbaria where type specimens of key species are deposited in order to be able to produce a complete taxonomic revision of the Bernardia species belonging to the bifid style clade (most South American species of Bernardia).




Islands within an island: origins, diversification, and endemism of the montane flora of Hispaniola

University of Florida

To provide insight into the processes contributing to exceptional endemism on insular mountains, I will study the evolutionary history of five species-rich vascular plant families on Hispaniola. Using a phylogenomic framework, I will investigate how immigration and in-situ radiations contribute to patterns of diversity and endemism observed on the island.


Weston Testo


The Maintenance of Species Boundaries of an Endangered Rare Species, Maple-leaf Oak (Quercus acerifolia), under Selection and Gene Flow

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Accurate taxonomy is required to delineate rare species. However, hybridizations with close relatives can obscure and disrupt the boundaries of outcrossing rare species, but ecological selection can maintain species integrity. I will study the species boundaries of one endangered species, Maple-leaf Oak (Quercus acerifolia), by using morphological and genomic data.


Yingtong "Amanda" Wu


Integrative taxonomic analysis of Cuban species of Magnolia subsect. Talauma (Magnoliaceae)

National Botanic Garden-University of Havana

The use of traditional taxonomy seems to not be enough to separate the species of the subsection Talauma in Cuba. That is why we are planning to delimitate the three species of the group integrating morphology, ecological niche, population genetics and phylogeny.


Ernesto Testé Lozano


Phylogeny, diversification and historical biogeography of Tillandsia subg. Diaphoranthema (Bromeliaceae, Poales)

Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República (Uruguay)

Tillandsia subg. Diaphoranthema (ca. 30 epiphytic/epilithic species) will be used as model system to study diversification patterns of plant lineages adapted to arid and semiarid Neotropical habitats. We will perform character evolution, biogeographic, dating and diversification analyses using a phylogenetic framework generated with a novel genome partitioning strategy.


Andrés Rossado


Taxonomic and phylogenetic analyses of Dennstaedtia and Microlepia (Dennstaedtiaceae) from South America

Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV, Minas Gerais/Brazil)

We aim to perform a taxonomic revision of Dennstaedtia and Microlepia from South America, along with a comprehensive phylogeny of Tribe Dennstaedtieae from the Neotropics and elsewhere. Morphology, phylogenetic results, and anatomy will be used to identify species boundaries. We will also map characters and biogeography on the dated tree


Nelson Túlio Lage Pena


Awarded 2019

ANDRUCHOW COLOMBO Ana (Argentina): Evolution of leaves and seed cones of the conifer family Podocarpaceae based on fossil and extant members of the family

BRIGNONE Nicolás Fernando (Argentina): Taxonomic and phylogenetic studies in South American Atriplex lineages (Amaranthaceae, Chenopodioideae, Atripliceae)

BRINDLEY Joshua (U.S.A.): Comparative phylogeography of Sympatric Eucnide (Loasaceae) species on the Baja Peninsula


COHEN Dylan (U.S.A.): Seeking taxonomic resolution for Loasa s.l. (Loasaceae) using next generation sequencing

DE LÍRIO Elton John (Brazil): Systematics and evolution of Laurales with focus on family Monimiaceae and an emphasis on the evolution of sexual systems


DREWNIAK María (Argentina): Evolution of floral visual signals in species of Verbeneae and Lantaneae (Fam. Verbenaceae) and its association with the sensory capabilities of their pollinators, with particular reference to butterflies (Lepidoptera)


GAVIN-SMYTH Nora (U.S.A.): Phylogeography of Tanzania’s Eastern Arc endemic Impatiens


GRINGS Martin (Brazil): Phylogeny of Modiola generic alliance (tribe Malveae, Malvoideae, Malvaceae) and related genera


GUERRA Ethiéne (Brazil): Systematics and evolution of Abarema cochliacarpos complex (Caesalpinioideae, Fabaceae)


HANSEN Kimberly (U.S.A.): Phylogeography and species boundaries of the neotropical genseriad Kohleria spicata


PACE Marcelo (Mexico): Anatomical evolution and diversification of the stems in Malpighiaceae: collecting the Malpigs of Madagascar


PEÑALOZA BOJACÁ Gabriel (Colombia): Elucidating the evolutionary of the epiphytic hornwort genus Dendroceros Nees in the Neotropics and testing the co-evolution with endophytic cyanobacteria


PEREIRA DA SILVA Luciana (Brazil): Integrative study on the diverse genus Cyperus s.l. (Cyperaceae): diversity in Central Brazil, taxonomy, molecular phylogeny, and diversification patterns


RACA Irena (Serbia): Disentangling the taxonomically complicated Crocus heuffelianus complex (Crocus series Verni, Iridaceae)


RODRIGUES DA SILVA Saura (Brazil): Evolution of chromosome number in the genus Utricularia L. (Lentibulariaceae)

SU Chun (P.R. China): Phylogenetic systematics of East Asian Astragalus (Fabaceae)


TOLEDO Cassio (Brazil): Systematic studies in Connarus L. (Connaraceae): phylogeny of the genus and taxonomic revision of the neotropical species

VERA CASTELLANOS Michelle (Colombia): Phylogenetic analyses and discovery of new species of the genus Russula (Fungi) associated with Quercus humboldtii in Colombia

VIEIRA LIMA Lucas (Brazil): Worldwide phylogeny and biogeography of the fern family Gleicheniaceae (Polypodiopsida)

VILLALOBOS-BARRANTES Heidy (Costa Rica): Molecular systematics in the Eriosyce curvispina complex (Cactaceae)

Awarded 2018

Andressa CABRAL (Brazil): Phylogeny and biogeography of the Barbacenia inselbergs clade (Velloziaceae).

Luis Fernando CUELLAR GARRIDO (Mexico): Phylogenetics and inflorescence diversification in Bouteloua and relatives based on transcriptomic data.

Shirley CUNHA FEUERSTEIN (Brazil): The family Graphidaceae (Ostropales, Lichenized Ascomycota) in South Brazil.

Gabriel DAMASCO (Brazil): Towards an integrative taxonomy in Neotropical botany.

Ricardo de OLIVEIRA PERDIZ (Brazil): Building the foundations of a future e-monograph for Neotropical Burseraceae.

Tammy ELLIOT (Canada): Taxonomy and phylogenetics of the southern African Schoenus.

Joelcio FREITAS (Brazil): Systematics of Aristolochia subseries Anthocaulicae F. González (Aristolochiaceae).

Gisel GOMES NOGUEIRA ALVES (Brazil): Untangling the complexity of structure, development and evolution of Simaroubaceae flowers.

Maria Laura GONZÁLES (Argentina): Phylogeny and genomic evolution of the cosmopolitan genus Deschampsia P. Beauv. (Poaceae)

Lucie KOBRLOVÁ (Europe): Phylogenetic relationships within the genus Symphytum (Boraginaceae).

Matias KÖHLER (Brazil): Systematics and evolution of Opuntia Mill. (Cactaceae Juss.) clade Elatae, a southern South America group.

Smitha KOKKARANIYIL (India): Taxonomic Revision, Molecular Phylogeny and Biogeography of Plectranthus-Coleus complex (Lamiaceae) in India.

Dmitry LYSKOV (Russia): Phylogeny of the genus Polygala (Polygalaceae) in Transcaucasia.

Paterne MINGOU (Senegal): Contribution to the study of the Pteridophytes of Senegal.

Marina NASRI SISSINI (Brazil): Phylogeny and biogeography of coralline algae as ecological and evolutionary processes.

Beatriz NEVES FERREIRA da SILVA (Brazil): Evolution and diversification of Vriesea (Tillandsioideae, Bromeliaceae) description.

George Isaac NODZA (Nigeria): Conservation and phylogenetic studies of Nigerian Orchidaceae.

Melissa PALACIO (Colombia): Taxonomic and phylogenetic studies on Polyporus s.l. Micheli ex Adans. (Polyporaceae) in southern Brazil.

Soumya PULIYAKODE (India): Taxonomic revision and molecular phylogeny of Justicia L. (Acanthaceae) in India.

Robberson SETUBAL (Brazil): Systematics and evolution of Neotropical Strychnos (Loganiaceae) – developing molecular tools to sort out a tangled and toxic mess.

Karla SOSA (Mexico): Oceans apart: Assessing the roles of vicariance and long-distance dispersal in the widely disjunct fern genus Cheilanthes (Pteridaceae).

The Dan Nicolson Fund has made possible giving an additional Grant to:

Targol CHATRENOOR (Iran): Molecular phylogeny of Caroxyleae (Chenopodiaceae) and diversification of Climacoptera (Chenopodiaceae).

Awarded 2017

Nicolás F. BRIGNONE (Argentina): Taxonomy, phylogenetic relationships and evolution of Atriplex lineages (Amaranthaceae, Chenopodioideae, Atripliceae) in South America)

Qian ZHANG (China): Phylogenomic tree reconstruction of Dorstenieae (Moraceae) using a Hyb-Seq approach: implications for breeding system evolution in Moraceae

Thien-Tam LUONG (Vietnam): Diversification, taxonomy and phylogeny of Meteoriaceae, focusing on Meteorium and Barbella s. lat.

Marco Antonio CUEVA MANCHEGO (Peru): Taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships in Lycianthes serie Strigulosae (Solanaceae) of Peru


Maria Adolfina SAVORETTI (Argentina): Systematic affinities of Early Cretaceous Polytrichaceae (Polytrichopsida, Bryophyta) of western North America – an inquiry into the evolution of polytrichaceous mosses

Serena ACHA (Bolivia): Vines in the Andes: diversification and historical biogeography in passion flowers

Farzaneh JAFARI (Iran): Phylogeny and biogeography of Silene (Caryophyllaceae) using a large dataset of Next Generation Sequencing

Shokouh ESMAILBEGI KERMANI (Iran): Systematics and phylogeny of the tribe Thlaspideae (Brassicaceae)


Rebeca HERNÁNDEZ-GUTIÉRREZ (Mexico): A genus-level phylogeny of Malvaceae s.l. from a Next Generation Sequencing approach


Masoumeh MAHMOUDI SHAMSABAD (Iran): Molecular phylogeny and evolutionary history of Acanthophyllum squarrosum species complex based on nuclear and plastid DNA sequences


Duane FERNANDES DE SOUZA LIMA (Brazil): Molecular phylogeny and taxonomic revision of Myrcia clade Guianensis (Myrtaceae: Myrteae)


Taimy CANTILLO PÉREZ (Cuba): Integrating morphological and phylogenetic characters to describe Caatinga hyphomycetes diversity in areas of the Semiarid Biodiversity Research Program (PPBio / Semi-Arid)


Pablo MORONI (Argentina): Phylogenetic studies in tribe Duranteae (Verbenaceae) with special reference to the genus Duranta L.


Caroline Oliveira ANDRINO (Brazil): Systematics of Paepalanthus Mart. (Eriocaulaceae)

Nicolás Fernando BRIGNONE (Argentina): Taxonomy, phylogenetic relationships and evolution of Atriplex lineages (Amaranthaceae, Chenopodioideae, Atripliceae) in South America


Johanna JANTZEN (U.S.A.): Diversification and niche evolution in Neotropical Tibouchina s.s. (Melastomataceae)


Prasad M.G. (India): Taxonomic revision and molecular phylogeny of Linderniaceae in India

Carla POLESELLI BRUNIERA (Brazil): Biogeography and diversification of Palicoureeae (Rubiaceae), with focus in neotropical groups


Paola de Lima FERREIRA (Brazil): Understanding the early evolution of Asteraceae: Systematic and Historical Biogeography insights of Barnadesioideae


Hareesh V.S. (India): Taxonomic revision of the Genus Impatiens L. (Balsaminaceae) in North-East India


Anna Patricia GERONG (Philippines): Genetic Diversity of Vallisneria L. and Najas L. (Hydrocharitaceae) in Major Lakes of Luzon Island, Philippines


The Dan Nicolson Fund has made possible giving an additional Grant to:


Abdulwakeel AJAO (South Africa): Phylogenetic and Taxonomic Revision of Southern Africa Species of Rhynchosia (Fabaceae)



Awarded 2016

Carolina GUERREIRO (Argentina): Systematic and phylogenetic studies in Chusquea (Poaceae, Bambusoideae, Bambuseae)

Annelise FRAZÃO (Brazil): Phylogeny, taxonomic revision, floral evolution and biogeography of Tanaecium Sw. (Bignonieae, Bignoniaceae)

Richard R. DUMILAG (Philippines): Systematics of Philippine Bangiales (Rhodophyta)

Yoannis DOMINGUEZ (Cuba): Phylogeny and biogeography of Pinguicula L. (Lentibulariaceae) in the American continents

Alice da Cruz Lima GERLACH (Brazil): Systematics of the lichen genus Usnea Adans (Parmeliaceae, Lichenized Ascomycetes, Fungi) in Southern Brazil: an integrative approach


Itzi FRAGOSO-MARTINEZ (Mexico): Phylogeny and diversification of Salvia (Lamiaceae) in Mexico: unravelling an adaptive radiation


Lu Thi NGAN (Vietnam): Phylogeny and systematics of Vietnamese Dryopteridaceae in a global context

Viviana MOTATO-VÁSQUEZ (Brazil): Systematics of the phlebioid clade (Basidiomycota, Polyporales) in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest


Augusto GIARETTA (Brazil): Evolution, systematics and biogeography of Eugenia subgen. Calycorectes (O.Berg) Mattos (Myrtaceae)


Ana Clara IBÁÑEZ (Argentina): The role of pollinators in the floral diversification of the South American genus Salpichroa (Solanaceae)


Cássia BITENCOURT (Brazil): Systematics and Biogeography of Hemipogon (Apocynaceae): implications for the phylo-conservation of rupestrian grasslands and savannas


Mabel LIZARAZU (Argentina): Phylogeny, biogeography, and systematic of the genus Heterosperma Cav. (Asteraceae, Coreopsideae)


Prabha AMARASINGHE (Sri Lanka): Integrating phylogenetics and ecological niche models to determine drivers of diversification of the genus Memecylon (Melastomataceae)


Lucas Cardoso MARINHO (Brazil): Phylogeny of tovomitoid group and revision of Tovomita Aubl. (Clusiaceae)


Juan Camilo OSPINA (Colombia): Phylogeny and Biogeography of the genus Flourensia (Asteraceae, Heliantheae)


Luciana SALOMON (Argentina): Revision and Phylogeny of Senecio ser. Hualtatini (Senecioneae, Asteraceae)

Slavica TOFILOVSKA (Macedonia): Evolutionary history of the genus Cyclotella in Lake Ohrid


Nicolás MEDINA (Colombia): Phylogenetic insights into the New World strangler figs (Ficus subgen. Urostigma sect. Americana): testing for hybridization and introgression


Andre Vito SCATIGNA (Brazil): Systematics of Gratioleae (Plantaginaceae): the disintegration of Stemodia L.


Blaise BIKANDU (R.D. Congo): Solanaceae in Central Africa


The Dan Nicolson Fund has made possible giving an additional Grant to:


Avik RAY (India): Evolution across eastern and north-east Himalaya: the case of Rhododendron


Awarded 2015


Segbedji Armel Loic DONKPEGAN (Benin): New insights on the evolutionary history of African tropical moist forests through patterns of the polyploid complex tree genus Afzelia

Thimothée LE PÉCHON (South Africa): Systematics, biogeography, chemical ecology and evolutionary history of the African orchid genus Holothrix


Rani ASMARAYANI (Indonesia): Revision of Piper section Muldera


Farideh MOHARREK (Iran): Molecular phylogeny and evolutionary history of Acantholimon Boiss. (Plumbaginaceae) based on nuclear and plastid DNA sequences


Ledis REGALADO (Cuba): Exploring the Cuban diversity of Adiantum (Pteridaceae) with emphasis on Cuban and West Indian endemics using chloroplast DNA markers


Rocío DEANNA (Argentina): Taxonomic and phylogenetic studies in Deprea (Solanaceae)


Truong VAN DO (Vietnam): A taxonomic revision of Aristolochia (Aristolochiaceae) from Vietnam


María Julia BENA (Argentina): Phylogenetic and biogeographic studies in Gomphrenoideae (Amaranthaceae)


Amirhossein PAHLEVANI (Iran): Revision of the genus Euphorbia (subgen. Esula) in SW Asia with special reference to phyto- and phylogeography of the endemism in the region


Ana Carolina GODOY BÜRKI (Argentina): Climate niche evolution in species of the subfamily Larreoideae (Zygophyllaceae)


Gabriel Emiliano FERREIRA (Brasil): Systematics and biogeographic history of Besleria L. (Gesneriaceae)


María Andrea GROSSI (Argentina): Phylogeography of Acanthostyles buniifolius (Hook. & Arn.) R.M. King & H. Rob., one of the genera with the more southern distribution of the tribe Eupatorieae (Asteraceae)


Titian GHANDFOROUSH (Malesia): A molecular phylogenetic reconstruction of Vaccinieae (Ericaceae), with special emphasis on elucidating biogeographic patterns in Malesia


Dongwei ZHAO (China): A Taxonomic Revision of Camellia (Theaceae) in Indo-China Peninsula


Juliet LINDO (Philippines): Understanding Phylogenetic Relationships of Medinilla (Melastomataceae)


Esteban Ismael MEZA (Argentina): Phylogeography and dispersion patterns of the fern Ophioglossum reticulaum, and its implications with South American monsoon patterns


Klára KABÁTOVÁ (Czech Republic): Systematics and evolution of the Minuartia verna group


Alfred JOE (India): Taxonomic Revision of the family Musaceae in India


Juan Pablo  COULLERI(Argentina): Biological control of balloon vine Cardiospermum grandiflorum and a phylogeographic approach of invasive species of Cardiospermum (Sapindaceae) in South Africa


Zübeyde UGURLU-AYDIN (Turkey): Taxonomic Revision and Molecular Phylogeny of the Genus Pyrus L. (Rosaceae)


The Dan Nicolson Fund has made possible giving an additional Grant to:

Pélagie MBANDU LUZOLAWO (Democratic Republic of Congo): A taxonomical, ecological, phytogeographical and ethnobotanical study of the Arecaceae from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Awarded 2014

Diego MORALES-BRIONES (Ecuador): A comprehensive chloroplast phylogeny of the genus Lachemilla (Rosaceae) and relatives using a novel subgenomic approach


Luiz Henrique FONSECA (Brasil): Biogeography and diversification of Adenocalymma (Bignonieae, Bignoniaceae)


Josmaily LORIGA (Cuba): Integrative taxonomy of the spleenwort fern flora of Cuba


Ángela CANO (Colombia): Systematics, biogeography and phylogenetic structure of palm (Arecaceae) communities on the Isthmus of Panama

Lise Arlette ZEMAGHO (Cameroon): Phylogeny and biosystematic of the genus Sabicea (Rubiaceae) in continental Africa

Jaya S. & Romina Gazis SEELAN (Malaysia): One genus two different forests: the story of Panus in the Amazonian and Bornean forests


Pedro Alejandro GONZALEZ GUTIERREZ (Cuba): Revision of Cuban Byrsonima H.B.K. and Malpighia L. (Malpighiaceae)

Gabor SRAMKO & Jelena Mlinarek (Hungary): Molecular phylogeny of Pulsatilla Mill. sect. Pulsatilla (DC.) Aichele & Schwegler

Maryam MALEKMOHAMMDI (Iran): Revision of the genus Limonium (Plumbaginaceae) in SW Asia, and clarification of its phylogenetic relationship with related genera using molecular methods and pollen morphology


Shih-Hui LIU (Taiwan): Phylogeny of Ludwigia and polyploid evolution in section Macrocarpon (Onagraceae)


Sandeep SEN (India): Phylogeography and Systematics of Piper species in the Western Ghats, India


Agostina Belen SASSONE (Argentina): Evolutionary and systematic studies of the genus Tristagma (Amaryllidaceae)

Jacob LANDIS (USA): Evolution of Flower Color and its Significance in Polemoniaceae: Phylogeny Reconstruction and Character Mapping in Leptosiphon and Linanthus


Marie Claire VERANSO (Cameroon): Evolution of Dissotis Benth (Melastomataceae - Melastomateae): morphometrics, molecular phylogenetics and biogeography


Keir  WEFFERLING(USA): Phylogeography of the Caltha leptosepala species complex


Bruno AMORIM (Brasil): Phylogeny and Taxonomy of “clade Gomidesia” (Myrcia s.l., Myrtaceae) from the Atlantic Forest of Brazil

Mohammad VATANPARAST (Iran): Diversification and infrageneric classification of the genus Dalbergia L.F. (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae)


Fernando MATOS (Brasil): Systematic studies of Elaphoglossum sect. Polytrichia (Dryopteridaceae)


Cintia Luiza da SILVA LUZ (Brasil): Systematic and biogeography of Schinus L. (Anacardiaceae)


Syadwina HAMAMA (Indonesia): A Taxonomic Revision of Ampelocissus (Vitaceae) in Sumatra, Indonesia

The Dan Nicolson Fund has made possible giving an additional Grant to:


Hassan RANKOU (Morocco): Systematics and plant conservation of the Moroccan monocots

Awarded 2013

Marcela NICOLA (Argentina): Diversification and speciation of Nassauvia Subgenus Strongyloma (Asteraceae, Nassauvieae)


Gwynne LIM (USA): Taxonomy, phylogenetic relationships and pollination biology of Tacca (Dioscoriaceae)


Nicolás GARCÍA (Chile): Chromosomal evolution in Amaryllidaceae tribe Hipeastreae


Amornrat PRAJAKSOOD née MEESAWAT (Thailand): Eriocaulaceae in southern Lao PDR


Clarisse PALMA-SILVA (Brasil): Phylogeography and lineage diversity of Pitcairnia flammea Lindl. complex (Bromeliaceae) adapted to Neotropical inselbergs


Ruvimbo MAPAYA (Zimbabwe): Phylogenetics and Biogeography of Emilia (Cass.) Cass. (Asteraceae, Senecioneae)


Tanawat CHAOWASKU (Thailand): Systematics of the canangoid clade (Annonaceae): resolving relationships, understanding pollen morphology, and characterizing a new genus

Lilia Bibiana MONCADA (Colombia): How many species of Sticta are there?


Faye ADAMA (Senegal): Central African rain forest dynamics: phylogeography of the small palm genus Podococcus


Leandro GIACOMIN (Brasil): Systematics and taxonomy of Solanum section Extensum D`Arcy (Solanaceae)

The Dan Nicolson Fund has made possible giving an additional Grant to:


Alex SUMADIJAYA (Indonesia): Polyploidy, hibridization and molecular phylogeny of Australian Bothriochloa


Awarded 2012

Tania Maria de MOURA (Brazil) Mucuna Adans. (Leguminosae - Papilionoideae) in Ecuador

Raquel Fernandes MONTEIRO (Brazil): Phylogeny and systematic of Bromelia L. (Bromeliaceae – Bromelioideae) with Brazilian Cerrado species emphasis


Alina Freire FIERRO (U.S.A.): Origin and Diversification of Monnina (Polygalaceae)


Paul John Lgeaspi GERALDINO (Philippines): Diversity and distribution of marine macro-benthic algae in three different geographic regions within the Philippine Archipelago


Pablo César Guerrero MARTIN (Chile): Molecular systematics of Eriosyce sensu lato (Cactaceae)


María Soledad JIMENEZ (Argentina): Biosystematics and phylogeny of the genus Philonotis Brid. (Bartramiaceae, Bryophyta) in the south of South America


Fábio PINHEIRO (Brazil): Phylogeography of Epidendrum denticulatum complex (Orchidaceae): the role of historic demographic events in the evolution and diversification of Neotropical orchid species


Noufou Doudjo OUATTARA (Switzerland): Systematics of West African poorly known palms (Arecaceae): Case of the genera Borassus L., Hyphaene Gaertn. and Phoenix L.


Nawal SHRESTHA (China): Taxonomic revision of Lycopodiaceae Mirb. of the Pan-Himalayas


Larissa TRIEVEILER (Brazil): Studies on gasteroid fungi (Agaricomycetes) in southern Brazil

Awarded 2011

Alicia LOPEZ (Argentina): Systematic and evolutionary studies in Lupinus (Fabaceae) from Argentina

Andrea MICHLIG (Argentina): Taxonomic studies in Parmotrema (Parmeliaceae, Lichenized Aschomycota) in northeastern Argentina

Diego DE GENNARO (Argentina): Molecular and morphological phylogeny of South American species Euphrasia (Orobanchaceae)


Maria Claudia Melo Pacheco de MEDEIROS (Brazil): Niche evolution of Tynathus Miers (Bignonieae, Bignoniaceae)


Maria Teresa Aureliano Buril VITAL (Brazil): Taxonomy and evolution of Jacquemontia Choisy (Convolvulaceae)


Nicholas WILDING (South Africa): A taxonomic revision and phylogeny of the African Entosthodon (Musci)


Rafael Batista LOUZADA (Brazil): Taxonomic revision, phylogeny and biogeography of Orthophytum Beer (Brameliaceae)


Wilder Carmenate REYES (Cuba): Taxonomy and biogeography of the squamous species of the genus Henriettea DC. (Melastomataceae)


E. SANOJ (India): Taxonomic revision of the genus Hedychium J. Koenig (Zingiberaceae)

Awarded 2010

Carol Myriam Peña HERNANDEZ (Chile): Species delimination in Copiapoa Britton & Rose (Cactaceae)

Gustavo HEIDEN (Brazil): Systematics and evolution of Baccharis subg. Tarchonanthoides Heering (Asteraceae), a group from southeastern South American grasslands

Tatiana ARIAS (Colombia): Systematics of Brassiceae (Brassicaceae)


Awarded 2009

Andre Ledoux NJOUONKOU (Cameroon): Taxonomy and phylogeny of Lentinaceae Jülich (Basidiomycotina) in Cameroon

Fabiana Luiza Ranzato FILARDI (Brazil): Advances in Machaerium Pers. (Leguminosae - Papilionoideae) systematics: infrageneric phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the Brazilian Atlantic forest species

Guillermo Martin SUAREZ (Argentina): Systematics and phylogeny of neotropical species of the genus Pohlia (Musci)

Jhoana Diaz LARREA (Cuba): Diversity and phylogenetic relationships on the benthic marine algal genera Laurencia (Rhodophyta) and Codium (Chlorophyta) genera from the tropical-subtropical transition zone of the Mexican Pacific Coast

Jose Floriano Barea PASTORE  (Brazil): Phylogenetic studies in Hyptidinae (Lamiaceae)

Josmaily Loriga PINEIRO (Cuba): Taxonomic treatment of the fern genus Elaphoglossum (Dryopteridaceae) in Cuba

Maria Ana FARINACCIO (Brazil): Argentinian Phanerogamic Flora: Asclepiadoideae (Apocynaceae)

Mariana Machado SAAVEDRA (Brazil): Taxonomic revision and phylogeny of Dasyphyllum (Asteraceae)

Viviana HECHEM (Argentina): Morphology, taxonomy and phylogeny study of “Cynanchum” L. And related genera (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae-Metastelminae) from southern South America

Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of the monophyletic clade Anthurium section Dactylophyllium

Universidad del Valle

This research aims to provide a molecular phylogeny of all Anthurium section Dactylophyllium, using High-throughput DNA sequencing. which will be the first molecular phylogeny of a complete monophyletic clade within Anthurium and will serve both to test the phylogenetic relationships, and to study the historical biogeography of this clade.


Martin Llano


Uncovering the hidden taxonomic diversity and symbiont specificity of algae lichenized with a speciose lineage of fungi endemic to Western North America based on phylogenomic inferences.

University of Connecticut

My research seeks to resolve the taxonomy of and phylogenetic relationships within the green algal lineage of Trebouxia, and their symbionts, members of the lichenized fungal genus Niebla. This work also aims to identify and quantify the drivers of symbiont specificity between these two groups.


Zachary Muscavitch


Evolutionary patterns of RNA editing in ferns and their relation to DNA substitution rates: insights from the Pteridaceae

Duke University

Within Pteridaceae, the genus Adiantum exhibits a slower DNA substitution rate than their sister group, the vittarioids. Preliminary data suggest levels of RNA editing are much lower in the faster-evolving vittarioids. Here, we expand the current vittarioid sampling to truly understand the relationship between RNA editing and DNA substitution rate.


Blake Fauskee


Investigating conserved floral scent as a driver of hybridization

Mississippi State University

This project will investigate niche conservatism as a driver of hybridization using the hybrid zone between Heuchera americana and H. richardsonii. I will integrate phylogenomics and morphometrics with floral volatile methods. To build a comparative framework, I will conduct an investigation of cryptic species in the polyphyletic H. americana complex.


Nicholas Engle-Wrye


Phylogenetic relationships and evolutionary history of the Prosopis genus in South America

Evolutionary Ecology and Floral Biology Lab. Multidisciplinary Institute of Vegetal Biology (IMBIV-CONICET), National University of Cordoba (UNC), Argentina.

The phylogeny of genus Prosopis is not yet well-resolved. Therefore, it is necessary to deepen phylogenetic relationships and evolutionary aspects of this emblematic genus with NGS. Is for this reason that a 1-month stay at the INTA molecular laboratory under the supervision of PhD Andrea Puebla represents the opportunity to learn this new technique including both laboratory and bioinformatics aspects.




Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of Maripa Aubl. (Convolvulaceae): a predominantly Amazonian genus

Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi and Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia

The project addresses the systematics and biogeographic studies of the genus Maripa, aiming to analyze its diversity, distribution, evolution and conservation. The grant would help cover the costs associated with visiting herbaria in USA, in order to examine important Amazonian collections, which would be critical to complete this research.


Mayara Pastore


Collaborative studies to achieve a phylogenetic framework for Medinilla, the second largest genus in Melastomataceae

Western Michigan University, Department of Biological Sciences

We aim to infer a robust phylogenomic framework for Medinilla, one of the world's most taxonomically difficult genera. IAPT’s support for a research trip will link our knowledge and resources, thereby enabling mentorship specific to the methods and taxonomic group, access to specialized facilities, and unprecedented exploration of melastome evolution.


J. Peter Quakenbush


A genus-level phylogeny of Polygalaceae from a Next Generation Sequencing approach

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

The present project aims elucidate the phylogenetic relationships in Polygalaceae, in order to solve the delimitation and positioning of the main clades in the family.


Michelle Christine de Almeida Mota


Systematics and biogeography of Hyptidinae (Ocimeae, Lamiaceae) focusing on Oocephalus, a predominantly endemic genus of campos rupestres.

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

This present project aims to provide a systematic and biogeographic study of subtribe Hyptidinae using Oocephalus as a model. A phylogenetic analysis using plastidial data with a biogeographic approach will be made to a better understanding of the genus relationship within the subtribe and how this group diversified through Neotropics.


Arthur de Souza Soares


Systematics, Historical Biogeography, and Character Evolution in Dialioideae (Leguminosae)

Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro (JBRJ)

We aim to produce a new and comprehensive phylogenetic, biogeographic and character evolution study for Dialioideae, a pantropical clade with 17 genera and about 85 species, remarkable for its unique floral morphology among legumes, unveiling their origin, diversity, and evolution throughout the history of life on Earth.


Marcus José de Azevedo Falcão Junior


Phylogenomics of Neurolaeneae (Asteraceae): a poorly known and long neglected tribe

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

This proposal will facilitate the first phylogenomic study of the tribe Neurolaeneae, which has never been the focus of a phylogenetic study, therefore relationships among genera and species are unresolved. This study will test the tribe's monophyly, elucidate relationships within Calea, and reveal evolutionary patterns of diversification in the Neotropics.


Vinicius Resende Bueno


Phylogenetic, biogeographic and morphometric studies in the Geminata clade of Solanum L. (Solanaceae)


This project aims to stablish phyolegentic relationships and infer the biogeographic history of species of the Geminata clade of Solanum as well as to refine the taxonomy of some troublesome species using morphometry.


Juan David Tovar Duran


Phylogenetic and Taxonomic Studies in Guadua (Poaceae: Bambusoideae: Bambuseae)

Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

This work is critical for the understanding the phylogeny of Guadua and related taxa, a bamboo genus economic and ecological importance. An infragenic circumscription of Guadua will be inferred through phylogenetic studies based on plastid markers. A taxonomic study for the Amazonian species in Brazil will also be prepared.


Edgar Augusto Lobato Afonso


Towards an integrative revision of the genus Aeschynanthus (Gesneriaceae) in India based on morphological, palynological and molecular approaches

Department of Botany, University of Calicut, India

As part of my PhD study, the revision of Aeschynanthus in India, I like to ask for financial support from IAPT for a research visit major herbaria in the UK, i.e. K, and E, to consult their historical Indian collections and to develop a collaboration with Gesneriaceae specialists




Systematic, phylogenetic, and biogeographic studies in Polygala (Polygalaceae) with emphasis on Andean-Patagonian species (sect. Clinclinia and Monninopsis)

Instituto de Botánica Darwinion (SI)

To study Polygala sections Clinclinia DC. and Monninopsis A.Gray in a systematic, phylogenetic, and biogeographic approaches. Several species in these groups remain unknown, and names involved need revision, especially the species in the northern and southern extremes of the distribution


Agustina Martinez


Systematics of Agarista (Ericaceae): phylogeny and taxonomic revision.

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

Agarista comprises 32 species. Its center of diversity is in the mountains of eastern Brazil, where 21 species occur (19 endemic). No recent taxonomic revision or phylogenetic hypothesis is available. I aim to provide a molecular phylogenetic hypothesis and taxonomic revision, evaluating morphological characters and clarifying evolutionary relationships.


Claudenice Hilda Dalastra


Phylogenetic community diversity of the southern Africa quartz field habitats

Gombe State University

Plant species of the southern African quartz fields are mostly habitat specialists and local endemics that are critically threatened with extinction. In the context of phylogenies, I will estimate facets of phylodiversity – evolutionary diversification, divergence and survival as conservation targets across the Knersvlakte, Little Karoo and Overberg, quartz habitats of South Africa. This proposal seeks funding for DNA sequencing component of the already received Smut Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Cape Town.


Daniel Andrawus Zhigila


Out of the Jungle: Resolving reticulation and its role in invasion success of the vining ferns, Lygodium (Lygodiaceae)

Department of Biology, University of Florida

Examining the role of hybridization and introgression in a highly invasive fern complex.


Jessie Pelosi


Patagonia as a biodiversity refugia during the end-Cretaceous global crisis: a palynological study from South America

Paleontological Museum Egidio Feruglio

Study the taxonomic composition of the La Colonia Formation palynological assemblages and compare them with contemporary associations known from the Southern Hemisphere to evaluate the major changes across the K/Pg transition. Increase the macrofossil collection of water fern and other plants from previously known and potential new fossiliferous localities from the La Colonia Formation.


Facundo De Benedetti


Species discovery in Begonia: an expedition to the outer islands of Sulawesi

Research Center for Plant Conservation and Botanic Gardens-LIPI

The Begonias of Sulawesi are the poorest known of any Malesian island. Currently 58 species are known from the island, however examination of herbarium material indicate that there are several new species from the area awaiting description, and the total number is likely to be 80 species.


Wisnu Handoyo Ardi


Systematics, Phylogenomics and Biogeography of the genus Dendrochilum with emphasis on species of the Indonesian Archipelago

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

The proposed study aims to conduct systematic research on the genus Dendrochilum in Indonesia which involves taxonomic, phylogenomic, and biogeographic analyses.


Mark Arcebal Naive