Evolution of vertebrate pollination syndromes--Floral diversity in the centropogonid clade is extremely diverse, with a wide array of colors, shapes, and sizes adapted to attract their main pollinators: hummingbirds and nectar bats. We use phylogenetic comparative methods and diversification models to understand the morphological evolution involved in transitions between these pollination syndromes and the underlying implications for diversification rate and species accumulation through time. We are also examining the roles of pollination syndromes in driving speciation in a small clade of Bolivian Centropogon.
We are located at:
A257 Life Sciences Annex (office and herbarium)
A303 Life Sciences Annex (lab)
Louisiana State University