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Systematic of Aguiaria, Catostemma and Scleronema (Malvaceae; Bombacoideae)

Project summary:

Present a taxonomic revision of Aguiaria, Catostemma and Scleronema, supported by a well-sampled molecular phylogeny. Test the monophyly and the relationship between these three genera, based on molecular data and supported by the evolution of selected morphological characters. Reevaluate species’ boundaries, recognizing diagnostic features and the species’ geographical distribution.

Cost: $


Carlos Daniel Miranda Ferreira

Highest degree:

MSc. Botany, PhD in progress (end date: February 2023)

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Ferreira, C.D.M.; De Toni, K.L. & Bovini, M.G. (2018). Miscellaneous Additions to Quararibea (Malvaceae) from the Atlantic Forest of Southeast Brazil. Systematic Botany 43(4): 1011–1019.

Ferreira, C.D.M. Catostemma in Flora do Brasil 2020 em construção. Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. <>. Accessed: 09 Jan. 2020

Ferreira, C.D.M. Scleronema in Flora do Brasil 2020 em construção. Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. <>. Accessed: 09 Jan. 2020

Ferreira, C.D.M. Plantas da restinga de Jaconé (Saquarema/RJ). 1. ed. Rio de Janeiro: Editora Autografia, 2017. v. 1. 212p.

Referee 1:

José Fernando A. Baumgratz

Referee 2:

William S. Alverson

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

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