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Species delimitation of Pitcairnia (Bromeliaceae) in Hispaniola

Project summary:

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.

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Natalia Ruiz-Vargas

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Current student

United States

Flowering plants

University of Illinois at Chicago

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Ruiz Vargas N, Ortiz Rojas C, Guerrero A. 2015. Distribución de la familia Bromeliaceae Juss. en La Española en base a colecciones de herbario. Moscosoa 19:22-36

Referee 1:

Roberta Mason-Gamer

Referee 2:

Julian Aguirre Santoro

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Scientific merit


1.  Contribution to novel methods for research in systematics and taxonomy and/or
     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

2.  Contribution to the generation of novel systematic data

3.  Quality and significance of questions being addressed

4.  Adequacy of methods for testing hypotheses (data collection/analysis/use of different tools)

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5.  Student's potential for professional success

6.  Perceived need; extent to which the project will benefit from IAPT funding

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Broader Impacts


7.  The research will yield durable benefits (revisions, databases, websites)

8.  Potential of the proposed project to generate an impactful publication

9.  The proposed research involves outreach/mentoring and broad dissemination

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