• Publications
  • Influence
Genera Palmarum: The Evolution and Classification of Palms
In the new edition, genus treatments include complete descriptions, nomenclature, etymology and discussions of diversity, distribution, phylogeny, morphology, uses and ecology, as well as providing essential background information to the classification presented within the book. Expand
Sympatric speciation in palms on an oceanic island
A large dated phylogenetic tree shows that the two species of Howea, endemic to the remote Lord Howe Island, are sister taxa and diverged from each other well after the island was formed 6.9 million years ago. Expand
Origin and global diversification patterns of tropical rain forests: inferences from a complete genus-level phylogeny of palms
This work constructed the first complete genus-level dated phylogeny of a largely TRF-restricted plant family with a known history dating back to the Cretaceous, providing evidence that diversification of extant lineages of palms started during the mid-Cretaceous period about 100 million years ago. Expand
A new subfamily classification of the palm family (Arecaceae): evidence from plastid DNA phylogeny
A new subfamilial classification of the palms is established, in which five subfamilies are recognized, rather than the six that were included in the previous classification, and critical basal nodes are now fully resolved and, in most cases, strongly supported. Expand
Complete generic-level phylogenetic analyses of palms (Arecaceae) with comparisons of supertree and supermatrix approaches.
This study demonstrates that supertree and supermatrix methods can provide effective, explicit, and complimentary mechanisms for synthesizing disjointed phylogenetic evidence while emphasizing the need for further refinement of supertree methods. Expand
A new phylogenetic classification of the palm family
Summary. An outline of a new phylogenetic classification of the palm family ( Arecaceae , syn. Palmae ) is publishedwith the aim of validating new names of suprageneric taxa prior to the publicationExpand
Cenozoic imprints on the phylogenetic structure of palm species assemblages worldwide
It is suggested that continental isolation (in combination with limited long-distance dispersal) and changing climate and habitat loss throughout the Cenozoic have had strong impacts on the phylogenetic structure of regional species assemblages in the tropics. Expand
Earth BioGenome Project: Sequencing life for the future of life
A perspective on the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP), a moonshot for biology that aims to sequence, catalog, and characterize the genomes of all of Earth’s eukaryotic biodiversity over a period of 10 years, is presented. Expand
The fossil history of palms (Arecaceae) in Africa and new records from the Late Oligocene (28–27 Mya) of north-western Ethiopia
The African palm fossil record is limited but the data provide an outline of palm evolution from the Late Cretaceous through the Neogene, with a notable species turnover and decline at the Eocene–Oligocene boundary, a change that resulted in the elimination of nypoid palms from Africa. Expand
Pollen aperture morphology in Arecaceae: Application within phylogenetic analyses, and a summary of record of palm-like pollen the fossil
The systematic rarity of most palm aperture types places limitations on their value in cladistic analyses, but certain aperture characters are of value, and do contribute to a better understanding of the evolution and phylogeny of the Arecaceae. Expand