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Project summary:

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.

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Marcelo Monge

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Early-career researcher (PhD obtained within last three years)


Flowering plants

Federal University of Uberlândia, UFU.

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

BFG, M. Monge, et al. 2015. Growing knowledge: an overview of Seed Plant diversity in Brazil. Rodriguesia 66 (4), 1085-1113

J. Semir, B. Loeuille, & M. Monge. 2014. The Lychnophora granmogolensis (Asteraceae-Vernonieae) species complex: two new species and comments on the identity of Lychnophora granmogolensis. Systematic Botany 39 (3), 988-996.

M. Monge, A. Anderberg, & J. Semir. 2018. Nomenclatural novelties in Tessaria Ruiz & Pav. (Asteraceae, Inuleae): a new species from the Andes and uncovering the identity of T. boliviensis. Systematic Botany 43 (2), 591–594

M. Monge, S. Nylinder, A.O. Simões, J. Semir, & A. Anderberg. 2020. Aridification & Recent Radiation in the Southern Hemisphere: Insights from a Dated Species Tree in Pterocaulon Elliott (Inuleae, Asteraceae). To be submitted for Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.

Referee 1:

Cassiano Aimberê Dorneles Welker

Referee 2:

Mariana Andrea Grossi

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

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