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Sistemática de Plantas Tropicales (Curso 2005-18 de la OET)

Fabian A. Michelangeli

Assistant Curator, Institute of Systematic Botany
Ph.D., Cornell University
Ithaca, NY (2000)
"Evolution, systematics and ecology of the myrmecophytic genus Tococa (Melastomataceae) "
Expertise: Systematics and taxonomy of Melastomataceae, ant-plant interactions, floristics of the Guayana Highlands.

Michelangeli CV


My research focuses on the evolution and systematics of Neotropical plants and animal-plant interactions. I have focused most of my research in the large tropical family Melastomataceae. Currently I am working on an analysis of relationships within the tribe Miconieae, using molecular, anatomy and morphological data (in collaboration with Walter Judd & Darin Penneys, University of Florida, Renato Goldenberg, Universidade Federal do Parana). These phylogenies will be used for the study of character evolution within the group. I am particularly interested in ant-plant symbiotic relationships, especially in those cases in which the ants nest on the plant, protecting the plant against herbivores (myrmecophytism). This type of associations are present in over 80 species of Melastomataceae and have evolved independently in different lineages. I am also interested in the evolution of the grass family (Poaceae) and its close allies (Ecdeicoleaeceae, Restionaceae and Joinvilleaceae), a group of small rush like plants from Australia and South Africa (in collaboration with Jerry Davis, Cornell University and Dennis Stevenson, NYBG). I have also done research on plant ecology and floristics in the Guayana Highlands (tepuis) in southern Venezuela. Currently I am interested in studying processes that lead to the high level of insectivory among tepui plants (another type of animal-plant interaction), and the also high levels of plant endemism.

Selected Publications

Michelangeli, F. A. (2000) Species composition and Species-Area Relationships in Vegetation Islands of the Roraima Tepui. Journal of Tropical Ecology 16 (1): 69-82.

Michelangeli, F. A. (2000) A cladistic analysis of the genus Tococa (Melastomataceae) based on morphological data. Systematic Botany 25 (2): 211-234.

Michelangeli, F. A., J. I. Davis and D. Wm. Stevenson. (2003) Phylogenetic relationships among Poales and related families as inferred from morphology, inversions in the plastid genome and sequence data from the mitochondrial and plastid genomes. American Journal of Botany 90 (1):93-106

Michelangeli, F. A. (2003) Ant protection against herbivory in tree species of Tococa (Melastomataceae) occupying different environments. Biotropica 35 (2): 181-188.

Michelangeli, F. A., J. Francisco-Ortega, D. González, A. Jaramillo, E. Ruiz, E. Santiago & A. P. Vovides (2004). Plant Molecular systematics in Latin America. Status, realities, and perspectives. Taxon 53 (2): 265-268.

Michelangeli, F. A., D. S. Penneys, J. Giza, D. Soltis, M. H. Hills & J. D. Skean Jr. (2004). A preliminary phylogeny of the tribe Miconieae (Melastomataceae) based on nrITS sequence data and its implications on inflorescence position. Taxon 53 (2):279-290.

Davis, J.I., D.W. Stevenson, G. Petersen, O. Seberg, L.M. Campbell, J.V. Freudenstein, D.H. Goldman, C.R. Hardy, F.A. Michelangeli, M.P. Simmons, C.D. Specht, F. Vergara-Silva, and M.A. Gandolfo (2004). A phylogeny of the monocots, as inferred from rbcL and atpA sequence variation, and a comparison of methods for calculating jackknife and bootstrap values. Systematic Botany 29(3): 467-510.

Michelangeli, F. A. & E. Rodriguez (2005). Absence of cyanogenic glycosides in the tribe Miconieae (Melastomataceae). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 33 (4): 335-339.

Michelangeli, F. A. (2005). Tococa (Melastomataceae). Flora Neotropica Monographs 98: 1-114.

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