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!

Constantin will be scoring a large number of floral traits across Melastomataceae to investigate morphological diversity and convergent evolution across the family in different ecosystems of the world. Image: sample of flowers of tribe Melastomateae, Master Thesis, Constantin Kopper.