Agnes Dellinger, PhD

I am a post-doctoral researcher, currently a visiting post doc at the University of Colorado Boulder (Smith lab), and research associate at the University of Vienna, Austria (Dullinger lab). I am interested in understanding the relative importance of abiotic and biotic processes in driving plant diversification at macro- and microevolutionary scales, and how flowers diversify and evolve under continuous or divergent pollinator-mediated selection.

In my research, I combine observational and experimental field work with the structural and functional investigation of flower morphology. I use time-calibrated molecular phylogenies to trace trait evolution across time, and analyse these data in conjunction with environmental niche data.


Since 2012, I have been working towards establishing the Neotropical plant tribe Merianieae (Melastomataceae) as my model system for addressing questions related to macro- and microevolutionary processes of plant diversification. The ca. 300 species of Merianieae harbour an exceptional diversity of different pollination strategies (i.e. buzz-pollination by bees, pollination by passerine birds and by mixed assemblages of vertebrates such as hummingbirds, bats, rodents) and are distributed from lowland rainforests to high-altitudes in the Andes. This offers an ideal set-up for exploring longstanding questions of lineage diversification in one of the Earth’s prime biodiversity hotspots.

Help us conserve the incredibly diverse but threatened lowland #rainforest western #Ecuador #Manabi #Chocó. Vote for "Protecting Ecuadorian rainforest canopy dwellers" & help save endemic spider monkey subspecies or undescribed #Annonaceae


Come to our next #Melastomataceae seminar tomorrow to listen to Jef Mancera talk about #Asian melastomes! #Oldworldtropics #biodiversity #evolution Wednesday October 5th, 8:00 am Eastern Time

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CU Boulder – a new (scientific) adventure!

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Another student joining the lab! Welcome José Miguel Valverde-Espinoza!

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Welcome Constantin Kopper, our new PhD student!

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#EtlDellingerLaGambaTakeover of GFÖ Twitter account!

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