My latest paper on Burmeistera was just published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution! In this paper, we investigated the best approach to combine complete plastome data generated with high-throughout sequencing and traditional Sanger sequences. This is really important because there are many publicly available Sanger data that people tend to forget about, and it would be a waste not to use them. We also produced the largest Burmeistera phylogeny to date, laying a foundation for a future taxonomic revision of the group.
My latest paper on Neobartsia was published today in Systematic Botany! 🙂
This paper is the culmination of five years of hard work during my Ph.D., summarizing results from many analyses and types of data. The main result of this publication is the creation of Neobartsia, a new genus containing every Andean species (47) of the former genus Bartsia. I couldn’t be more excited and proud of this paper, besides, it’s really cool to name a genus! 😉
The paper is focused on the biogeographic history and diversification patterns of the high Andean plant genus Bartsia (Orobanchaceae). We hypothesized that the movement into a new geographic region, namely the páramos, triggered an increase in the rate of net diversification in Bartsia. This pattern of “Dispersification” (dispersion and diversification) has been identified in other groups of plants and it might be more common than we previously thought.
In collaboration with Nicolai Nürk, David Tank, Berit Gehrke, and Frank Blattner, we published a new paper on the plant group Hypericum and its interesting patterns of diversification linked to niche shifts. The collaboration with Nicolai started back in 2010 and I’m very happy to see this work see the light on BMC Evolutionary Biology!
Our new paper on phylogenomics was published in Applications in Plant Sciences! In this paper, we present a new approach to generate genomic data using long PCR, DNA templates, and next-generation sequencing. Furthermore, we present a set of primers for the chloroplast that are universal for angiosperms and that may work for gymnosperms too! The article can be downloaded here: http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.3732/apps.1300063
In collaboration with the Waits lab at the University of Idaho, Dave, Hannah and I studied the species designation of an endemic beetle to southern Idaho, Cicindela waynei or Bruneau tiger beetle.
We used mtDNA, pylogenetics and new Bayesian species delimitation methods to test different hypotheses.
Goldberg CS, Tank DC, Uribe-Convers S, Bosworth WR, Marx HH, Waits LP. In Press. Species designation of the Bruneau Dune tiger beetle (Cicindela waynei) is supported by phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Conservation Genetics.