ISLAND BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOTS: EVOLUTIONARY ORIGINS AND CONSERVATION OF CAPE VERDE FLORA

with Maria Manuel Romeiras | October 3, 2014 - 14h30 | CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão

 

 

In the last years, several molecular phylogenetic analyses of Macaronesian plant groups have provided valuable insights into the relationships among the region's endemics, however, little is known about the origin and evolution of the Cape Verde endemic flora. The endemic vascular flora of Cape Verde Islands comprises ca. 92 taxa, most of them consisting of threatened species. In this conference, it is provide an overview of plant diversity in these islands, namely the taxonomic knowledge of the native species, its conservation status and the available molecular studies performed with Macaronesian endemic flora. In the framework of a FCT project (PTDC/BIA-BIC/4113/2012), we want to improve our knowledge of species evolution by using endemic species from Cape Verde to test key hypotheses of island biogeography with an integrative approach that combines phylogenetic, taxonomy, and ecological data. This multidisciplinary approach is being used to provide a powerful tool to answer a broad range of evolutionary and ecological questions on the Macaronesian Region.

 

Graduated in biology by the University of Lisbon, Maria Manuel Romeiras hold a MSc in integrated protection by the Higher Institute of Agronomy, University of Lisbon and a PhD in molecular biology by the University of Lisbon. Currently, Maria Manuel is working in the field of molecular systematics at the Tropical Research Institute (IICT), in Lisbon, and has been collaborating with the TROPBIO Group.

 

[Group Leader: Maria Cristina Duarte, Tropical Biology]