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Area of Taxonomic Interest:
Centropogon, Siphocampylus, Burmeistera
Biomes or regions of interest:
Neotropics, especially the Andean cordilleras
I am interested in generating a multi-loci, species tree method-based molecular phylogeny of the Neotropical Lobelioid clade that includes the three genera Centropogon, Burmeistera, and Siphocampylus. I hope that this phylogeny can greatly improve the current taxonomy within the group, especially at the genus level. I will use this phylogeny to study patterns of pollination syndrome evolution as well as the complex biogeography in the clade. Additionally, I am looking at the relationship bewteen the members of the clade and their parasitic hummingbird flower mites.