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

Project summary:

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.

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Diego Paredes-Burneo

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Current student


Flowering plants

Louisiana State University

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Michelangeli, F.A., Paredes-Burneo, D. Miconia canoi (Melastomataceae, Miconieae), a new species from southern Ecuador and northern Peru.. Brittonia 71, 55–63 (2019).

Paredes-Burneo, D., Michelangeli, F. A. & Cano, A. Twelve new records of Melastomataceae from northern Peru. Phytotaxa 349, 237–246 (2018).

Referee 1:

Laura P. Lagomarsino

Referee 2:

Fabián A. Michelangeli

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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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