Fern tales at two scales: Using phylogenetics to study historical biogeography in Africa and community assembly in Florida

Emily Sessa, University of Florida
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm
Bilger 150

Phylogenies are tools that can be used to investigate a diverse array of questions in evolutionary biology. In this talk, I will discuss several applications of phylogenies to understanding plant evolution, using ferns as the group of interest. I will describe efforts to understand the evolution of ferns in Africa by using phylogenies to estimate historical biogeographic and diversification patterns, and how we can use a phylogenetic framework to understand how and why species assemblages differ between geographic areas.