Neobartsia matuy, a new species to science!!

I’m extremely happy to announce that I described a new species of Neobartsia: Neobartsia matuy Malagón, Humberto Mend. & Uribe-Convers, in an article published today.

The name “Matuy”, was chosen to honor my parents, Maria Luisa Convers and Ernesto Uribe, whose support was invaluable during my dissertation on the genus. My parents do not use their given names and are better known by their nicknames “Marily” and “Tuchi”, respectively, and the word “Matuy”—a combination of their nicknames—has been used for years among family and friends to refer to both of them.

This basically concludes my research over 10 years on this beautiful group of plants, and I couldn’t have dreamed of a better way to end it. ❤️

Department Seminar at OSU!

simon-at-osu I was invited to give my first Department Seminar at Oklahoma State University! I presented (September 14th, 2016) work from my dissertation on Neobartsia as well as current and future work on speciation and the accumulation of species properties. I spent two days in Stillwater and everything went really well. My host, Mark Fishbein, and his students were great and I had many good and stimulating conversations with them and other people in the department.

What a fantastic experience! 🙂


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