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Melanie Grudinski

Melanie Grudinski

A2.12: SYSTEMATICS AND EVOLUTION OF PLANTS (2008-2012)

A2.13: PLANT DIVERSIFICATION PATTERNS IN THE INDOMALESIAN, AUSTRALASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLAND REGION (EOCENE TO PLIOCENE) [PLANTDIV]  (2010-2013)

My main research interest is on the evolution and diversification of animal and plant species with focus on investigating patterns of speciation events and processes which led to the present species diversity.

During my diploma thesis I studied the biogeography of freshwater crabs of the genus Potamon in the Aegean region.

In my PhD research, forming part of the new BiK-F project group A2, I focused on plant evolution and diversification patterns in the Indomalesian, Australasian and Pacific islands region. This region is characterized by high levels of species richness and endemism and a dynamic and complex climatic and geological history. I investigated the role of long-distance dispersal, migration and vicariance, and the impact of climate change, geological history and sea level fluctuations on the flora in this region, focusing on the genera Aglaia, Dysoxylum (Meliaceae) and Hoya (Apocynaceae).

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Publications

R. Jesse, M. Grudinski, S. Klaus, B. Streit, M. Pfenninger (2011) “Evolution of freshwater crab diversity in the Aegean region (Crustaceae: Brachyura: Potamidae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (59), 23-33.  doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.12.011.

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