Research interests

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

Geonoma scoparia (Costa Rica)

Geonoma species richness distribution (Map by Jens-Christian Svenning)

4 Responses to Research interests

  1. Karen Vigil says:

    Felicidades Julissa, por todos tus logros, impresionante tu labor. Y gracias por ayudar a nuestro planeta!!

  2. Alex Monro says:

    Dear Julissa,
    My name is Alex Monro, I am a botanist in the Tropical America Team at Kew. I hear that you might be working on a phylogeny of Jatropha. Is this correct? If so it would be great to hear from you.
    All the best, Alex

    • Dear Alex: I proposed to work on the diversity of Jatropha curcas but that was not approved. The phylogeny of the genus was something I considered as a side project. I have put this idea on the side for the moment. Have you contacted Bijan Dehgan from University of Florida? He has written the monograph of the genus?
      Best wishes,

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