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Dr. Daniele Silvestro

 A1.11: CENOZOIC DIVERSIFICATION OF BROMELIOIDEAE (BROMELIACEAE): CHARACTER EVOLUTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE

A2.16: DRIVERS OF EVOLUTION IN BROMELIOIDEAE IN THE MATA ATLANTICA AND CERRADOS/CAMPOS RUPESTRES

Scientific Interests
I am interested in developing methods to model macroevolutionary processes from paleontological and molecular data. I combine computational biology, bioinformatics, and Bayesian statistics to infer rates of speciation and extinction from fossils and phylogenies.

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Publication List
Wagner N.*, SILVESTRO D.*, Brie D., Ibisch P. L., Zizka G., Weising K., Schulte K., in press. Spatiotemporal evolution of Fosterella (Bromeliaceae) in the Central Andean biodiversity hotspot. Journal of Biogeography. *Equal contributions.

SILVESTRO D., Michalak I., 2012. RaxmlGUI: A graphical front-end for RAxML. Organisms Diversity and Evolution, 12:335–337.

SILVESTRO D.*, Schnitzler J.*, Zizka G., 2011. A Bayesian framework to estimate diversification rates and their variation through time and space. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:311. [Flagged “highly accessed”] *Equal contributions.

Picone B., Masters J., SILVESTRO D., Sineo L., Del Pero M., 2011. A Phylogenetic Analysis of Human Syntenies revealed by Chromosome Painting in Euarchontoglires Orders. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 18:131–146.

Schulte K., SILVESTRO D., Kiehlmann E., Vesely S., Novoa P., Zizka G. 2010. Detection of recent hybridization between sympatric Chilean Puya species (Bromeliaceae) using AFLP markers and reconstruction of complex relationships. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57(3):1105–1119.

Tirelli T., SILVESTRO D., Pessani D. and Tudge C.,  2010. Description of the male reproductive system of Paguristes eremita (Anomura, Diogenidae) and its placement in a phylogeny of diogenid species based on spermatozoal and spermatophore ultrastructure. Zoologischer Anzeiger, 248(4):299–312

Meregalli M. & SILVESTRO D., 2008. Assessing relationships between Mediterranean and Afrotropical taxa of Cleonini (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Lixinae): a survey based on Bayesian analysis and lineage geohistory reconstruction. Biogeographia, vol. XXIX:117–132.

Tirelli T., Campantico E., Pessani D.,  SILVESTRO D. and Tudge C., 2008. Reproductive biology of Mediterranean Hermit crabs: fine structure of spermatophores and spermatozoa of Diogenes pugilator (Decapoda: Anomura) and its bearing on a sperm phylogeny of the Diogenidae. Journal of Crustacean Biology. 28(3):534–542.

Software
March 2012 – present: “PyRate”, Python package to simulate fossil diversification and estimate speciation and extinction rates from the fossil record (Soon on sourceforge.net).

September 2011: “StateStats”, Python and R scripts to estimate the rates of state transition through time based on stochastic character mapping.

September 2010 – present: “BayesRate”, Bayesian estimation of diversification rates through time from dated phylogenies using Markov chain Monte Carlo. Available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/bayesrate/.
 
March 2010 – present: “raxmlGUI: a graphical front-end for RAxML”. Available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/raxmlgui/.

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