My latest and first paper as a postdoc!

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.

You can find the article in the “Publications” tab on my website or here:

New paper on Neobartsia

Bartsia_Mosaique_SmallMy 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! 😉

You can read the publication here:

New publication on Biogeography and Diversification!


Great news, my latest Ph.D. paper with Dave Tank was recently published in the American Journal of Botany!

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.

To know more about it, you can download the paper here: doi:10.3732/ ajb.1500229

New Paper On Phylogenomics!

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:

Conservation Genetics paper published!

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.