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Impact of climatic niche on plant evolution: Systematic and phylogenetic
comparative studies in Miconia sect. Discolor (Miconieae, Melastoamtaceae)

Project summary:

Climatic niche shifts can impose novel selective regimes to plant species, leading them to either extinction or adaptation. In Neotropical lowlands, species within Miconia sect. Discolor have occupied vegetations under contrasting climates. The project aims to infer phylogenetic relationships of Amazonian lineages and assess selective regimes under different climatic niches.

Cost: $


Eduardo Koerich Nery

Highest degree:

Master's in Biology of Fungi, Algae, and Plants

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

Federal University of ABC

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

NERY, E. K.; VIEIRA, M. E. M.; CAMACHO, O.; CADDAH, M. K.; FIASCHI, P. Delimiting a constellation: Integrative taxonomy of a star-shaped Hydrocotyle species complex (Araliaceae) from the Brazilian Atlantic forest. Plant Systematics and Evolution, in press

NERY, E. K.; FIASCHI, P. Geometric morphometrics dismiss the polymorphic Hydrocotyle quinqueloba (Araliaceae) from the Neotropics. Systematic Botany, v. 44, p. 451-469, 2019.

BFG - The Brazil Flora Group; NERY, E. K. Brazilian Flora 2020: Innovation and collaboration to meet Target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). Rodriguesia, v. 69, p. 1513-1527, 2018.

Referee 1:

Pedro Fiaschi

Referee 2:

Mayara Krasinski Caddah

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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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