Network for Neotropical Biogeography

Scientific interactions across disciplines and taxa

Other/given name(s) : 
Family name: 
Natural History Museum
Area of Taxonomic Interest: 
Solanaceae, Leguminosae


Biomes or regions of interest: 

Andean biomes including, Seasonally dry tropical forests, montane forests, and paramo & puna; neotropical biomes in general

Research interests: 

I'm generally interested in studying patterns of species diversity within and across biomes in the Neotropics. I study various groups endemic to the Andes, with current focus on Solanaceae. I use molecular phylogenetic tools with divergence time analysis with fossil calibrations to explore the tempo and pattern of species diversifications. I also do traditional morphological taxonomy and systematics which when combined with phylogenetic studies, allows a better understanding of species diversity patterns than either approach alone. I work on plants, but comparisons of diversity patterns between plants and plant feeding/depending organisms interests me greatly too. In particular, my key interests at the moment include supermatrix building, community phylogenetics, and comparative phylogenetics in biogeographic studies.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith