I am happy to welcome Constantin Kopper as new PhD student in the Schönenberger lab! Constantin will be working with me on floral evolution and pollination syndromes in the plant family Melastomataceae, which contains more than 5700 species across the tropical regions of the world! We will investigate the role of pollination in the evolutionary history of the family, and particularly focus on some understudied Paleotropical lineages. I am very excited since Constantin will be my first ever PhD student – so a big and amazing challenge for both of us!
- 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