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 is mainly focused on Orthotrichoideae and especially on the so called ‘orthotrichaceous mosses’, those of Orthotrichum and related genera that nowadays are grouped in the Orthotricheae tribe. These mosses are among the most relevant components of the epiphytic cryptogamic communities under temperate climates, both in dry and in oceanic or hyper-oceanic conditions.
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.
Associate Professor 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.
Postdoc at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (Germany)
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.
Raúl D. SAN ROMÁN
Postgraduate Student at U.A.M.
Postgraduate Student at University Pablo de Olavide (UPO).
Postgraduate Student at U.A.M.
Master of Science and Assistant Professor at University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Mayagüez (UPRM).
Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland. web