Our paper on target enrichment and high-throughput sequencing was publish today! 🙂
We developed a method to amplify multiple loci using microfluidic PCR from both the chloroplast and nuclear genome. The enriched loci can then be sequenced using a high-throughput sequencing platform, in our case Illumina. The paper also includes a pipeline to process the raw reads, recover alleles, and asses ploidy levels of the samples—exciting!
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.
Today is my first day as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri-St. Louis! I’m very excited to start working with Nathan on a super cool project involving genomics, phylogenomics, pollination experiments, and speciation in Burmeistera (Campanulaceae)!
I’m very excited to have accepted a postdoctoral position with Dr. Nathan Muchhala at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. I’ll start on October 1st 2015, working on the phylogenomics of the plant genus Burmeistera (Campanulaceae). We’ll then use those results to investigate pollinator-mediated reproductive isolation in the group. Pretty cool!
Taking advantage of my time in Manizales (Colombia) for the Botanical Congress, I accepted an invitation to present my work on genomic data acquisition and phylogenomics at BIOS, Colombia’s Bioinformatic and Computational Biology Institute! Thank you Dr. Tatiana Arias for the invitation!
I’m very excited to have been invited to present at the II Biogeography Symposium organized by the Bogotá Botanical Garden! The symposium took place at the VII Colombian Botanical Congress (2-6 August 2015) in the city of Manizales. I presented results on the biogeography and diversification rate analyses on both Bartsia and Hypericum, and the hypotheses that we have for each genus. It was a great opportunity to show these results to Colombian botanists, people who encounter these plants every time they go in the field.
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!