Research on mosses of the family Orthotrichaceae:
Phylogeny and Evolution
Ecology, Distribution and Diversification
We are a research team focused on the study of the mosses of the family Orthotrichaceae. It is a very diverse group of bryophytes, widespread around the globe. They mostly live as epiphytes although some species are saxicolous. The family comprises two subfamilies with very different morphological, biogeographic and ecological traits: whereas Macromitrioideae is almost exclusively intertropical, Orthotrichoideae is common in temperate and cold regions of both hemispheres, as well as of high tropical mountains.
Our research has mainly focused on Orthotrichoideae and especially on the so called ‘orthotrichaceous mosses’, those of Orthotrichum and related genera. These mosses play a significant role in the epiphytic cryptogamic communities under temperate climates, both in dry and in oceanic or hyper-oceanic conditions. Now, we take a further step to address the study of the entire family as a whole.
We are interested in many issues related to the diversity, distribution and evolution of these plants. To investigate these questions, we have spent three decades studying the morphology and life of Orthotrichaceae in the main areas of the world where they are diversified. In addition, we use multiple approaches for case studies, combining molecular, biogeographic and biometric data analysis techniques.
Meet the team
Professor of Botany at U.A.M. (Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain).
Focused on Field work and Taxonomy. Also fascinated with distribution and diversification patterns, and several ecological aspects.
Senior lecturer at U.A.M.
Specialised in the analysis of molecular data and on the reconstruction of the phylogenetic relationships and the evolutionary and biogeographic history of the family Orthotrichaceae.
Professor of Botany at U.V. (University of Valencia, Spain).
Centered in Taxonomy and Field work. Also interested in Biogeography, character evolution and nomenclature.
Emeritus Professor at U.A.M.
My research interest is centered on Ecology and distribution of bryophytes, Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Biogeography of Orthotrichaceae.
Juan Antonio CALLEJA
Assistant Professor at U.A.M.
My research comprises studies on phylogeny and biogeography of vascular plants and bryophytes (Orthotrichaceae), plant – animal interactions, and conservation biology.
Assistant Professor U.V.
Research interest focused on plant conservation. Also interested in taxonomy, biogeography and ecology of bryophytes. Strong supporter of Science dissemination.
Research assistant at U.A.M.
Focused on field surveys and molecular laboratory techniques for phylogeny and population genetics. Also interested in biodiversity responses to environmental change.
High school Science Teacher at Madrid.
Specialized in systematics and biogeography of plants. Transmitting science and the importance of Taxonomy and Biodiversity to young students.
P.h.D student at U.V.
Interuniversity Master’s degree in Ecosystem Restoration at Complutense University of Madrid (U.C.M.).
Raúl D. SAN ROMÁN
P.h.D student at U.A.M.
Master’s degree in Biodiversity at U.A.M.
P.h.D student at U.A.M.
Master of Science and Assistant Professor at University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Mayagüez.
Postgraduate Student at U.A.M.
Master’s degree in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at University Pablo de Olavide.
Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland. web