From Colombia, we flew to Costa Rica to continue work on pollination syndromes and buzz-pollination in Melastomataceae. It is the aim of Constantin’s thesis to test whether floral traits identified as informative in delineating pollination syndromes in Merianieae are also useful across the family. We hence aim at collecting flower material of as many morphologically different species as possible, and observing their pollinators. We are currently working at the lowland rainforest station La Gamba (University of Vienna), but will also travel to the cloud forests around Cerro de la Muerte and Monteverde.
- Busy fall: proposals, papers, analyses, meetings
- A fun side project with high-school student Leah Maier
- Summer fieldwork 2022, part 2: pollination of co-flowering Rhexia!
- Fieldwork summer 2022 – part 1: pollinator communities and reproductive biology of Peruvian Melastomes!
- The role of geographical, phenological and ethological isolation in maintaining species boundaries in Rhexia