Towards an integrative taxonomy in the Neotropics
Assigning limits to species has been one of the leading challenges in modern taxonomy. With the advent of DNA sequencing and bioinformatics, the reconstruction of population phylogeography has been indispensable to review taxonomically unsolved groups. In highly diverse tropical forests, species complexes are fairly common, but in general, they are avoided by botanists due to the challenge of dealing with incongruous morphology, lack of phylogenies and the need for extensive sampling. My research integrates comparative morphology, population genetics based on next-generation sequencing, biogeography and functional ecology as a tool to improve the discovery and estimates of biodiversity in the tropics.