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.

Research

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.

Our dept has also been making "getting to know us" videos, and some labs have made them. Here's ours! Featuring @the_kunsze @chelsea_pretz @SukuanLiu @LCWheeler9000 @MirandaSinnArm Jesse Harris, Abel Campos, Kayleigh Dodson and plants we love!

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CU Boulder – a new (scientific) adventure!

In the frame of my new 3-year postdoc project "Modelling abiotic and biotic...

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

José did his licenciatura degree at the University of Costa Rica, working on...

Welcome Constantin Kopper, our new PhD student!

I am happy to welcome Constantin Kopper as new PhD student in the...

#EtlDellingerLaGambaTakeover of GFÖ Twitter account!

All February, together with my colleague Florian Etl and the Tropical Field...