Global species structure, colonization-extinction dynamics and adaptive radiation of the cosmopolitan diatom clade Pinnularia borealis.

01 October 2014 → 30 September 2018
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Geology
    • Evolutionary biology
    • General biology
    • Plant biology
    • Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution
pinnularia borealis
Project description

Phylogenetic data revealed morphologically similar forms in the diatom complex Pinnularia borealis to correspond with different species. A profound study will allow testing to which extend ecophysiological specialization is correlated with speciation and distribution. Analysis of local and regional diversity patterns in the polar regions will allow assessing the roles of dispersal constraints and local adaption for understanding species distributions.