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Systematics of Philippine Cyrtandra J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. (Gesneriaceae)

Project summary:

The project entitled Systematics of Philippine Cyrtandra J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. (Gesneriaceae) is the PhD project of the author. The project aims to: (1) conduct a taxonomic revision of Philippine Cyrtandra; (2) utilize molecular phylogenetic analyses to resolve evolutionary species relationships and to examine their rich assembly; and, (3) perform analyses of biogeography and evolutionary dynamics. The grant money is planned to be used for herbarium visits and fieldwork in the Philippines particularly in the island of Mindanao where sampling has been scarce. Fieldwork will be in coordination C

Cost: $


Jay Edneil Olivar

Highest degree:

Master of Science

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


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University of Leipzig

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Olivar, J. E. C., Atkins, H., Hauenschild, F. & Muellner-Riehl, A. (in press). Cyrtandra argentii, a new species of Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) from the Philippines, and a review of the C. villosissima group. European Journal of Taxonomy.

Olivar, J. E. C. & Muellner-Riehl, A. (2019) Replacement names for Cyrtandra humilis Elmer and Cyrtandra umbellata Kraenzl., two endemic Philippine species (Gesneriaceae). Phytotaxa 418 (1): 117–118.

Referee 1:

Alexandra Muellner-Riehl

Referee 2:

Frank Hauenschild

Scoring Rubric

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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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7.  The research will yield durable benefits (revisions, databases, websites)

8.  Potential of the proposed project to generate an impactful publication

9.  The proposed research involves outreach/mentoring and broad dissemination

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