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

Project summary:

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.

Cost: $


Caroline Vasconcelos

Highest degree:

Master's degree

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA, in Portuguese)

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Vasconcelos CC, Terra-Araujo MH, Lira-Guedes A, Guedes MC, & Costa JBP (2020) First record of Pouteria franciscana Baehni (Chrysophylloideae, Sapotaceae) in Amapá state, eastern Brazilian Amazonia. Check List, the journal of biodiversity data. Check List, the journal of biodiversity data 16(1): 27–35.

Vasconcelos CC, Isacksson JGL, Silva CB, Almeida-Cabral NLL, Almeida SSMS, & Pena RCM (2017) Effect of Gossypium arboreum L. (tree cotton) leaf extract against mycelial growth of Lasiodiplodia theobromae (Pat.) Griffon & Maubl. Biota Amazônia 7(1): 38–44.

Vasconcelos CC, Adrianzén MU, Camargo JLC, & Terra-Araujo MH (2018) Pouteria kossmanniae (Sapotaceae): a new species from Central Amazonia, Brazil. (under review)

Vasconcelos CC, Ferraz IDK, Adrianzén MU, Camargo JLC, & Terra-Araujo MH (2019) Chromolucuma brevipedicellata (Sapotaceae, Chrysophylloideae), a new tree species from Central Amazonia, Brazil. (under review)

Referee 1:

Mário Henrique Terra Araujo

Referee 2:

José Luís Campana Camargo

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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

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

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