Seminars in Systematic & Evolutionary Botany
Claremont Graduate University Department of Botany at
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Friday, 24 January 2014
Seminar begins at 4:00 PM
Refreshments served at 3:45 PM
Thomas F. Daniel, Ph.D.
Curator - Botany
California Academy of Sciences
A Global Perspective on Mexican Acanthaceae:
Systematics and Ecology
Mexico has one of the richest acanthaceous floras among nations. New insights on the taxonomy, biogeography, and ecology of Mexican Acanthaceae have been enchanced by studies of the family in Central/South America as well in targeted regions of the Paleotropics. Some common life history, pollination, and dispersal stragegies will be discussed. Field studies of the family on the oceanic islands of São Tomé & Príncipe, part of the Guinean Forest Hotspot in western Africa, have been particularly instructive in formulating an hypothesis for the origin of numerous New World lineages from their ancestors in the Old World.
Dr. Daniel’s website: http://research.calacademy.org/botany/staff/tdaniel#tabs-profile-1