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Phylogeography and population genomics of Racomitrium lanuginosum in the Arctic.

Project summary:

The main aim of this project is to determine the phylogeographic structure of the moss Racomitrium lanuginosum in the Arctic using genotyping by sequencing due to the ability to recover hundreds of variable sites compare to single sequences. The specific aims are i) reconstruct the relationships between lineages; ii) estimate the genetic diversity within groups; iii) investigate how Quaternary glaciations might have affected the evolutionary history of R. lanuginosum.

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Dennis Alejandro Escolástico Ortiz

Highest degree:

Master in Biological Sciences

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Applicant Status:

Current student



Université Laval, Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Rivas-Acuña, M. G. & Escolástico O., D. A. 2019. Briofitas. En: Palma-López, D. J. y Mata-Zayas, E. E. (Eds.). Biodiversidad de Tabasco: Estudio de Estado. CONABIO-CCYTET.

Escolástico-Ortiz, D. A. & Juárez-Martínez, C. 2018. Notothylas javanica (Anthocerotophyta: Notothyladaceae): nuevo registro para la brioflora de México. Acta Botánica Mexicana 123. DOI: 10.21829/abm123.2018.1287

Rivas-Acuña, M. G., Escolástico-Ortiz, D. A. & Cámara C., L. del C. 2011. Estudio Preliminar de la Brioflora de Tabasco, México. Mesoamericana 16(2):185.

Referee 1:

Juan Carlos Villarreal Aguilar

Referee 2:

Marta Alonso García

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