7. People

Collaborators co-advising students:

  • Prof. Adriana Martinelli (São Paulo University, Piracicaba)
  • Prof. Aline Oriani (São Paulo State University, Rio Claro)
  • Prof. Alice Calvente (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte)
  • Prof. Christian Lexer  (University of Viena, Austria)
  • Prof. Clarisse Palma-Silva  (University of Campinas)

Students:

Ph.D.

M. Sc.

Eduardo

  • Eduardo Calisto Tomaz
  • CV
  • eduardocto@gmail.com

I’m an undergraduate student of Biological Sciences in UFRN, but currently I’m a visiting student at the Ohio University, in Athens (USA), since I’ve got the Brazilian Science without Borders Program fellowship. My research project in the Versieux Lab aims to study the diversity of Bromeliaceae in Caatinga areas of Rio Grande do Norte State. I’ve been helping Leonardo to increase the BRAHMS Bromeliaceae database and also I was botany monitor in several undergrad courses.

I’m interested in Plant Systematics, particularly applied to the Bromeliaceae. In general, my interest on plants has grown strongly since I realized how evolution can be mysteriously complex in such organisms, mainly in the bromeliads. Now I’m focused to understand how diverse and specialized these plants are in the Caatinga dry decidual forest, a  phytogeographic domain endemic to Brazil, but still very poorly studied with a critical status of degradation.

Main questions I want to answer with my project:

1) How many bromeliads are in the Caatinga of RN? Who are them?

2) What can we do to ensure their conservation?

Undergraduate / Intern Students

Past students

pamela

  • Pâmela Lavor Rolim, M.Sc.
  • CV
  • pamelalavor@hotmail.com

Undergraduate Bachelor degree in Biology (Botany), M.Sc. in Systematics and Evolution (Population genetics and conservation of Vriesea minarum, Bromeliaceae). I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Systematics and Evolution in the Department of Botany and Zoology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal. I am also a member of the Versieux Lab.

My research project is to study the evolution of Pilosocereus (Cactaceae), a genus emblematic of the Brazilian dry woodland caatinga. I’m interested in plant evolution and anatomy, especially in the Cactaceae and Bromeliaceae. I am advised by Prof. Alice Calvente and co-advised by Prof. Leonardo Versieux.

Main questions I want to answer with my project:

1) How was the evolution in Pilosocereus?

2) How did the many morphological changes observed in this genus arise?

Talita

  • Talita Mota Machado, M.Sc.
  • CV
  • litamota@yahoo.com.br

Undergraduate Bachelors degree in Botany, M.Sc. in Plant Biology, I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Botany at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte. My research project is focused in the molecular phylogeny of Vriesea Lindl. sect. Xiphion and the taxonomic revision of the complex Vriesea itatiaiae Wawra (Bromeliaceae). I’ve been interested and studying bromeliads since my senior thesis. I am interested in taxonomy and systematics of bromeliads. I am advised by Prof. João Renato Stehmann and co-advised by Prof. Leonardo M. Versieux, and also have Dr Andrea Costa as collaborator to my project.

Main questions I want to answer with my project:

1) How many monophyletic groups exist within Vriesea s.s.?

2) Do the morphological studies (anatomy, palinology, etc.) may help to segregate species within the Vriesea itatiaiae complex?

Beatriz

  • Beatriz Regina Colombo
  • CV
  • biaiare@yahoo.com.br

Undergraduate Bachelors degree in 2011. I am currently a M.Sc. candidate in the Department of Botany and Zoology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal. My research project is “Bignoniaceae in Rio Grande do Norte (RN) – Brazil”. The family Bignoniaceae comprises 120 genera and approximately 800 species of trees, shrubs and climbers, most are tropical and subtropical plants. In Brazil, there are 391 species in 32 genera, many of them economically important, particularly their wood, which has great durability. Their diversity is well known in several states of the country, but few studies have been conducted with the family in the Northeast  region of Brazil. There are no records of inventories done with this family in Rio Grande do Norte, justifying the importance of this work. Until now the inventory identified 62 species to RN. A key for identification of species, along with morphological descriptions, distributional maps, illustrations and photos of the species in the field will be presented. I am advised by Prof. Alice Calvente Versieux, and co-advised by Dr. Miriam Kaehler.

Main questions I want to answer with my project:

  1. How many species from Bignoniaceae can be found in Rio Grande do Norte?
  2. How this species are distributed in this state?

Edlaine da Silva Santos

Flávia Santos da Silva

José Rinaldo Fernandes Júnior

Márcia Emanuelle Madruga Fortunato

Matheus

  • Matheus Nogueira
  • CV
  • nogueirabot@yahoo.com.br

Undergraduate Bachelors degree in Biology. I am currently a M.Sc. candidate in the Department of Botany in State University of Feira de Santana, Bahia. My research project involves the largest genus of bromeliads found in Brazil: Vriesea. I am monographing Vriesea for the Flora of Bahia, advised by Prof. Abel Conceição and co-advised by Prof. Leonardo Versieux. We are also revising some complex of species and analysing the diversity and phytogeography of this genus in Bahia. I’m interested in plant systematics, particularly taxonomy and biogeography of bromeliads.

Main questions I want to answer with my project:

1) Who are all the species of Vriesea from Bahia and what characterize them morphologically?

2) How is the distribution of taxa and the geographic/diversity patterns found for Vriesea in Bahia?

Raissa

  • Raissa Elizabeth de Castro Magalhães
  • CV
  • raelizamaga@yahoo.com.br

Undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in biology, UFRN. I am currently a M.Sc. candidate in the Systematics and Evolution Graduate Program, Department of Botany and Zoology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal. My research project is about morphology and floral biology of Bromeliaceae, focused in Cryptanthus zonatus. I’m also improving the knowledgment of the bromeliads and cacti from Rio Grande do Norte through collections and new records. I am interested in taxonomy, floral biology and phenology of bromeliads and cacti. I am advised by Prof. Alice Calvente and co-advised by Prof. Leonardo Versieux

Main questions I want to answer with my project:

1) Could anatomy and floral morphology be efficient tools to delimit taxonomic units within species complexes?

2) How is the phenology and floral biology of Cryptanthus zonatus complex? Does it help to separate taxa?

Adriene

  • Adriene Samara M. de Medeiros
  • CV
  • adry_medeiros91@hotmail.com

I am an undergraduate student in Ecology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. Since  2011 I am part of the Versieux lab, where I’ve been trained in distinct activities and helped in field work. Basically, my main interest is plant anatomy. I’ve participated in the research project ‘Floristic, phenology and reproductive biology of Bromeliaceae in the Parque das Dunas State Reserve’. I also helped Prof. Leonardo to prepare anatomical slides used in the Ecology course classes, where I also monitored student during the lab work. I am currently working with my senior thesis in Ecology, which deals with the ecological leaf anatomy of the genus Mezobromelia.

Main questions I want to answer with my project:

1) Is the leaf anatomy of Mezobromelia species related to the habitat occupied?

2) What kind of adpatations may be seen in such leaves?

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