My research is focused on understanding the patterns and processes underlying the evolution of plant richness in tropical America, which is one of the most species-rich terrestrial biogeographic regions on Earth yet still only very partially known. My interest stems from the fact that to manage these natural resources upon which human society so heavily depends, it is important to take into account the evolutionary history and processes that led to this diversity, and incorporate this knowledge within conservation actions. I use molecular dated phylogenies, species distributions, phylogenetic comparative methods, and biogeographic modeling to understand plant species evolution. Here I present my work around two thematic axes that represent the core of my activities towards understanding and preserving tropical plant diversity.
You can contact me at jroncal [at] mun [dot] ca, office phone +1 (709) 8642241, lab phone +1(709) 8642093