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Michael D. Pirie
University of Bergen
56Publications
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Background The coincidence of long distance dispersal (LDD) and biome shift is assumed to be the result of a multifaceted interplay between geographical distance and ecological suitability of source and sink areas. Here, we test the influence of these factors on the dispersal history of the flowering plant genus Erica (Ericaceae) across the Afrotemperate. We quantify similarity of Erica climate niches per biogeographic area using direct observations of species, and test various colonisation scen...
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The Cape Floristic Region (CFR) is a biodiversity hotspot, recognised globally for its unusually high levels of endemism. The origins of this biodiversity are a long-standing topic of research. The largest “Cape clade”, Erica, radiated dramatically in the CFR, its ca. 690 species arising within 10-15 Ma. Notable between- and within-species flower colour variation in Erica may have contributed to the origins of species diversity through its impact on pollinator efficiency and specificity. We inve...
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#1N. C. Le Maitre (Stellenbosch University)H-Index: 2
#2Michael D. Pirie (University of Bergen)H-Index: 20
Last.Dirk U. Bellstedt (Stellenbosch University)H-Index: 21
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#1Joeri S. Strijk (Xida: Guangxi University)H-Index: 8
Last.Kun-Fang Cao (Xida: Guangxi University)H-Index: 37
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Deep relationships and the sequence of divergence among major lineages of angiosperms (magnoliids, monocots and eudicots) remain ambiguous and differ depending on analytical approaches and datasets used. Complete genomes potentially provide opportunities to resolve these uncertainties, but two recently published magnoliid genomes instead deliver further conflicting signals. To disentangle key angiosperm relationships, we report a high-quality draft genome for the soursop (Annona muricata, Annona...
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#1N. M. Nürk (Yale University)
#2Hans Peter Linder (UZH: University of Zurich)H-Index: 32
Last.Michael D. Pirie (University of Bergen)H-Index: 20
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Understanding how and why rates of evolutionary diversification vary is a central issue in evolutionary biology and ecology. The concept of adaptive radiation has attracted much interest, but is metaphorical and verbal in nature, making it difficult to quantitatively compare different evolutionary lineages or geographic regions. In addition, the causes of evolutionary stasis are relatively neglected. Here we review the central concepts in the evolutionary diversification literature and bring the...
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#1Michael D. PirieH-Index: 20
#2Lars W. ChatrouH-Index: 6
Last.Paul J. M. MaasH-Index: 11
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We present a taxonomic revision of Cremastosperma, a genus of Neotropical Annonaceae occurring in lowland to premontane wet forest, mostly in areas surrounding the Andean mountain chain. We recognise 34 species, describing five as new here: from east of the Andes, C. brachypodum Pirie & Chatrou, sp. nov. and C. dolichopodum Pirie & Maas, sp. nov., endemic to Peru; C. confusum Pirie, sp. nov., from southern Peru and adjacent Bolivia and Brazil; and C. alticola Pirie & Chatrou, sp. nov., at higher...
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#1Michael D. PirieH-Index: 20
#2Martha Kandziora (UCM: University of California, Merced)H-Index: 3
Last.Dirk U. Bellstedt (Stellenbosch University)H-Index: 21
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The coincidence of long distance dispersal and biome shift is assumed to be the result of a multifaceted interplay between geographical distance and ecological suitability of source and sink areas. Here, we test the influence of these factors on the dispersal history of the flowering plant genus Erica (Ericaceae) across the Afrotemperate. We quantify similarity of Erica climate niches per biogeographic area using direct observations of species, and test various colonisation scenarios while estim...
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#1Michael D. PirieH-Index: 20
#2Paul J. M. MaasH-Index: 15
Last.Lars W. ChatrouH-Index: 24
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#1Michael D. Pirie (University of Mainz)H-Index: 20
#2Paul J. M. Maas (Naturalis)H-Index: 15
Last.Lars W. Chatrou (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 6
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Much of the immense present day biological diversity of Neotropical rainforests originated from the Miocene onwards, a period of geological and ecological upheaval in South America. We assess the i...
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#1Michael D. Pirie (University of Mainz)H-Index: 20
#2Paul J. M. Maas (Naturalis)H-Index: 15
Last.Lars W. Chatrou (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 24
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Much of the immense present day biological diversity of Neotropical rainforests originated from the Miocene onwards, a period of geological and ecological upheaval in South America. We assess the impact of the Andean orogeny, drainage of lake Pebas, and closure of the Panama Isthmus on two clades of trees (Cremastosperma, c. 31 spp.; and Mosannona, c. 14 spp.; both Annonaceae) found in humid forest distributed across the transition zones between the Andes and Western (lowland) Amazonia and betwe...
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