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Phylogeny, diversification and historical biogeography of Tillandsia subg. Diaphoranthema (Bromeliaceae, Poales)

Project summary:

Tillandsia subg. Diaphoranthema (ca. 30 epiphytic/epilithic species) will be used as model system to study diversification patterns of plant lineages adapted to arid and semiarid Neotropical habitats. We will perform character evolution, biogeographic, dating and diversification analyses using a phylogenetic framework generated with a novel genome partitioning strategy.

Cost: $


Andrés Rossado

Highest degree:

Master degree of Biological Sciences

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República (Uruguay)

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Rossado, A. J., Donadio, S., & Bonifacino, J. M. (2019). Tillandsia bandensis (Bromeliaceae): its lectotypification and a new subspecies from Uruguay. Phytotaxa 405(1): 15-26.

Rossado, A. J., Donadio, S., & Bonifacino, J. M. (2018). Tillandsia uruguayensis (Tillandsioideae, Bromeliaceae), a new epilithic species from Uruguay. Phytotaxa 345(2): 133-142.

Rossado, A. J., Donadío, S., Berazategui, P., & Bonifacino, J. M. (2018). Novedades del género Tillandsia (Bromeliaceae, Tillandsioideae) para Uruguay. Boletín de la Sociedad Argentina de Botánica 53(4): 641-651.

Mai, P., Rossado, A., Bonifacino, J. M., & Waechter, J. L. (2019). Catalogue of the vascular epiphytic flora of Uruguay. Acta Botanica Brasilica 33(4): 683-708.

Referee 1:

Dra. Carolina Granados Mendoza (Departamento de Botánica, Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico.). A. Rossado Ph.D. thesis tutor.

Referee 2:

Dr. Mauricio Bonifacino (Laboratorio de Botánica, Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay.). A. Rossado Ph.D. thesis co-tutor.

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     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

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

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