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Sabine Matuszak

Sabine Matuszak

Ph.D. student

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

A2.18: ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF TIBETAN-HIMALAYAN BIOTAS (2008-2012)

My scientific interests focus on the investigation of speciation events and processes that led to present-day patterns of biodiversity, turning my attention especially to plants.
In my PhD research, which forms part of the new BiK-F project group A2, I concentrate on plant evolution (plant genera Agapetes, Vaccinium and Rhamnus) in the Tibetan-Himalayan region.
The Qinghai Tibetan Plateau (QTP), also known as the “Roof of the World”, is the highest and largest plateau in the world. The uplift was a consequence of the collision of the Indian subcontinent with Eurasia 70-50 mya and caused the formation of the Asian monsoon system. Such major geophysical and climatic changes could have triggered a burst of speciation. The aims of my study are phylogenetic reconstructions associated with biogeographical analyses to identify the role of the uplift of the QTP for plant diversification and immigration.

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