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Stem and leaf anatomy in the context of the diversity of Baccharis (Asteraceae)

Project summary:

Baccharis is a highly diverse American genus. The project aims to explore the anatomical diversity within the genus, identifying characters to improve the characterization of the infrageneric taxa and mapping evolutionary patterns that have allowed the group to attain its wide geographic distribution and morphological variation.

Cost: $


Thales Ornellas

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Current student


Flowering plants

Museu Nacional - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Ornellas, T., Heiden, G., Luna, B.N. and Barros, C.F. 2019. Comparative leaf anatomy of Baccharis (Asteraceae) from high-altitude grassland in Brazil: taxonomic and ecological implications. Botany 97(11): 615-626. doi: 10.1139/cjb-2019-0035

Referee 1:

Claudia Franca Barros

Referee 2:

Gustavo Heiden

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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IAPT community building


5.  Student's potential for professional success

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Broader Impacts


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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