Our most recent work on the diversification of Micromeria in the Canary Islands was published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology 17. The paper is Open Access and can be downloaded here.
Our study discusses the role that inter-island colonization, hybridization and gene-flow play in Micromeria diversification. Furthermore, our results suggest the existence of a syngameon, following the surfing syngameon hypothesis (Caujapé-Castells 2011. In: Bramwell D, Caujapé-Castells J. The biology of island floras, p. 284–324), which might facilitate speciation and colonization on oceanic archipelagos.
Our recent paper on Micromeria was published today in Phytotaxa 317: "Nomenclatural Notes on Macaronesian Micromeria (Lamiaceae)". After our proposal for conserving the names M. varia and M. hyssopifolia was turned down by the General Committee (Wilson, KL. 2017. Report of the General Committee: 17. Taxon 66: 478–480), these two taxa needed to be renamed. The new names are: Micromeria ericifolia (Roth) Bornmüller for M. hyssopifolia and M. tragothymus Webb & Berthelot for M. varia.
Calceolaria chibulensis C. Romero, Bussmann & Puppo and C. comulcana C. Romero, Bussmann & Puppo were published today in Novon 25(1). These species were collected in the province of Bolívar, La Libertad Department in Peru.
This month I start a new position at CIBIO-InBIO, one of the research centers of the University of Porto in Portugal. I have been hired as Research Assistant for the Environmental Metagenomics project and I am very excited at going back to the University of Porto where I finished my PhD last year.
To learn more about the Metagenomics project, click here. You can also follow the progress of the project in ResearchGate.
Stay tuned for more news!
Our latest article: "Genetic structure of Micromeria (Lamiaceae) in Tenerife, the imprint of geological history and hybridization on within-island diversification" is featured in the cover of the June issue of Ecology and Evolution. This paper is open access and can be downloaded here.
I will spend one month at the Faculty of Letters at the University of Lisbon as invited scientist collaborating on the Encyclopedia of Madeira. Learn more about the project here.
I was invited to give a talk on human evolution at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon. A very interesting discussion followed with colleagues from the humanities!
Our latest article has been accepted for publication in Ecology and Evolution. Using microsatellite data, this paper assesses the genetic diversity and structure of the species of Micromeria present in Tenerife.
I was invited to give a talk to 5th and 6th grade students at a local elementary school for boys. The subject I chose to talk about was mimicry in plants. We had so much fun and the kids really enjoyed the talk!
See here the note on the school website and more photos.
During my latest trip to Peru, I was invited to give a talk at my former University. I was very excited to share my research with students and former professors!