The evolution of fern diversity

The evolution of fern diversity in space and time

This project aims to explore the origin of fern diversity by integrating:

  • lineage history - phylogeny, divergence time estimates, fossil record
  • geographic distribution
  • morphological and/or physiological variation
  • ecological differentiation

The project studies especially:

  • the Palaeozoic origin of ferns
  • the Cretaceous revolution(s)
  • the Cainozoic diversification

The latter is particular focused on the correlation of diversification events and fluctuation of the global climate since the Eocene.

Staff involved in this project:

H Schneider