Beryl B. Simpson

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Generalized hypotheses for the vicariant, Gondwanan origin of pantropically distributed eudicotyledon families must be refined to accommodate recently revised dates that indicate major continental rifting events predate the evolution of many tricolpate angiosperm clades. Here, we use molecular phylogenies of an eudicotyledon family previously hypothesized(More)
The sunflower genus, Helianthus, is recognized widely for the cultivated sunflower H. annuus and scientifically as a model organism for studying diploid and polyploid hybrid speciation, introgression, and genetic architecture. A resolved phylogeny for the genus is essential for the advancement of these scientific areas. In the past, phylogenetic(More)
The idiosyncratic behaviours of seed dispersers are important contributors to plant spatial associations and genetic structures. In this study, we used a combination of field, molecular and spatial studies to examine the connections between seed dispersal and the spatial and genetic structures of a dominant neotropical palm Attalea phalerata. Field(More)
Historically, genetic introgression among species as well as hybrid origins for species of the diploid tree genus Bursera (Burseraceae) have been proposed based on the supposition that individuals morphologically intermediate between sympatric "parent" species must be derived from hybridization. This study reports the first molecular genetic evidence for(More)
The association of species of yucca and their pollinating moths is considered one of the two classic cases of obligate mutualism between floral hosts and their pollinators. The system involves the active collection of pollen by females of two prodoxid moth genera and the subsequent purposeful placement of the pollen on conspecific stigmas of species of(More)
A comparison of the floral syndromes, flower biomasses, pollen and total sugar production of the dominant perennial species of two climatically similar but disjunct desert scrub ecosystems was made to assess the degree of convergence in breeding systems. Results indicate that the dominants at the northern site in the Sonoran Desert near Tucson Arizona, USA,(More)
We investigate of two aspects of pollen diet of Andrena bees: the evolution of diet breadth within nearctic representatives of the genus, which includes both polylectic and oligolectic species; and host choice within an oligolectic clade of Andrena. We also evaluate phenology. Traits were mapped onto a molecular phylogeny to identify the ancestral character(More)
We propose a phylogenetic hypothesis of relationships within Callandrena, a North American subgenus of the bee genus Andrena, based on both mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Our data included 695 aligned base pairs comprising parts of the mitochondrial genes cytochrome oxidase subunits I and II and the intervening tRNA-leucine and 767 aligned base(More)
Phylogenetic relationships among genera of tribe Malveae (Malvaceae, subfamily Malvoideae) were reconstructed using sequences of the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region of the 18S-26S nuclear ribosomal repeat. Newly generated sequences were combined with those available from previous generic level studies to assess the current circumscription of the(More)