We are exploring the diversification of leafy liverwort families and the potential offered by DNA taxonomy.
The current focus of this project is on the diversification of Porellales, especially the species-rich families Frullaniaceae, Lejeuneaceae, and Porellaceae.
The two main research approaches involve:
- estimating the diversification times of this major diversification of leafy liverworts and exploring the hypotheses of post-Permian, Cretaceous, and post-Mesozoic diversification events,
- exploring DNA taxonomy as the way forward in liverwort taxonomy.
- Jochen Heinrichs
Georg-August University, Germany