Science Enabled by Specimen Data

Jin, W.-T., D. S. Gernandt, C. Wehenkel, X.-M. Xia, X.-X. Wei, and X.-Q. Wang. 2021. Phylogenomic and ecological analyses reveal the spatiotemporal evolution of global pines. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2022302118

How coniferous forests evolved in the Northern Hemisphere remains largely unknown. Unlike most groups of organisms that generally follow a latitudinal diversity gradient, most conifer species in the Northern Hemisphere are distributed in mountainous areas at middle latitudes. It is of great interest…

Dellinger, A. S., R. Pérez‐Barrales, F. A. Michelangeli, D. S. Penneys, D. M. Fernández‐Fernández, and J. Schönenberger. 2021. Low bee visitation rates explain pollinator shifts to vertebrates in tropical mountains. New Phytologist 231: 864–877. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.17390

Evolutionary shifts from bee to vertebrate pollination are common in tropical mountains. Reduction in bee pollination efficiency under adverse montane weather conditions was proposed to drive these shifts. Although pollinator shifts are central for the evolution and diversification of angiosperms, w…

Hermsen, E. J. 2021. Review of the Fossil Record of Passiflora, with a Description of New Seeds from the Pliocene Gray Fossil Site, Tennessee, USA. International Journal of Plant Sciences 182: 533–550. https://doi.org/10.1086/714282

Premise of the research. Passifloroideae (over 700 species), which include the large genus Passiflora (over 550 species), are distributed pantropically today. The fossil record of the group is, nevertheless, small and poorly understood. In this study, I provide a critical review of the fossil record…

Antúnez, P. 2021. Influence of physiography, soil and climate on Taxus globosa. Nordic Journal of Botany 39. https://doi.org/10.1111/njb.03058

In order to apply, promote and consolidate the actions and strategies of conservation of a species in danger of extinction, it is desirable to have the most detailed information possible about its habitat and the variables that affect it. In this study, we examined how temperature, soil pH, precipit…

Saldaña‐López, A., M. Vilà, F. Lloret, J. Manuel Herrera, and P. González‐Moreno. 2021. Assembly of species’ climatic niches of coastal communities does not shift after invasion Z. Botta‐Dukát [ed.],. Journal of Vegetation Science 32. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12989

Question: Do invasions by invasive plant species with contrasting trait profiles (Arctotheca calendula, Carpobrotus spp., Conyza bonariensis, and Opuntia dillenii) change the climatic niche of coastal plant communities? Location: Atlantic coastal habitats in Huelva (Spain). Methods: We identifi…

Lima, L. V., U. Oliveira, T. E. Almeida, M. L. Bueno, and A. Salino. 2020. Migration barriers in ferns: the case of the neotropical genus Diplopterygium (Gleicheniaceae). Plant Ecology & Diversity 13: 401–412. https://doi.org/10.1080/17550874.2021.1890259

Background: Despite the broad distribution of several species in Gleicheniaceae in the neotropical region, Diplopterygium is the only genus having a restricted distribution. Species of Gleicheniaceae occupy open (including anthropogenic) habitats and produce large amounts of wind-dispersed propagule…

Akin-Fajiye, M., and G. F. Akomolafe. 2021. Disturbance is an important predictor of the distribution of Lantana camara and Chromolaena odorata in Africa. Vegetos 34: 42–49. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42535-020-00179-6

Most studies of invasion have used climatic variables without considering the importance of disturbance on the distribution of the species. In this study, MAXENT was used to model how disturbance, in addition to climatic factors, can affect the invasion of two of the most problematic plant invaders …

Allstädt, F. J., A. Koutsodendris, E. Appel, W. Rösler, T. Reichgelt, S. Kaboth-Bahr, A. A. Prokopenko, and J. Pross. 2021. Late Pliocene to early Pleistocene climate dynamics in western North America based on a new pollen record from paleo-Lake Idaho. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 101: 177–195. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12549-020-00460-1

Marked by the expansion of ice sheets in the high latitudes, the intensification of Northern Hemisphere glaciation across the Plio/Pleistocene transition at ~ 2.7 Ma represents a critical interval of late Neogene climate evolution. To date, the characteristics of climate change in North America duri…

Deanna, R., P. Wilf, and M. A. Gandolfo. 2020. New physaloid fruit‐fossil species from early Eocene South America. American Journal of Botany 107: 1749–1762. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajb2.1565

Premise: Solanaceae is a scientifically and economically important angiosperm family with a minimal fossil record and an intriguing early evolutionary history. Here, we report a newly discovered fossil lantern fruit with a suite of features characteristic of Physalideae within Solanaceae. The fossil…

Yi, S., C.-P. Jun, K. Jo, H. Lee, M.-S. Kim, S. D. Lee, X. Cao, and J. Lim. 2020. Asynchronous multi-decadal time-scale series of biotic and abiotic responses to precipitation during the last 1300 years. Scientific Reports 10. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-74994-x

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