Our fern research is addressing several major questions about the origin and conservation of fern diversity through time.
This project aims to explore the origin of fern diversity by integrating a variety of information such as geographic distribution and physiological variation.
Oceanic islands are often valued as Darwinian laboratories. In this project we investigate the evolution of fern diversity by studying specimens on Mauritius and Réunion.
Collaborative research addresses the assemblage and conservation of fern species diversity in biodiversity hotspots such as Madagascar and southwest China.
Aspleniaceae, Polypodiaceae, Cyatheaceae and Pteridaceae are among the selected fern families and genera that Museum staff are currently conducting taxonomic studies on.
These studies are primarily aimed at understanding how central European fern diversity recovered after the last maximum glaciations.
This project investigates the evolution of apomixis in the Asplenium monanthes complex, with a view to understanding the role of apomixis in assembling modern fern diversity.
Patterns of diversity in the flora of the Macaronesian volcanic oceanic archipelagos will be investigated and used to explore general plant systematics and biogeography questions.