NCEAS Project 4600

Landscape coevolution of bursera plants and its herbivores

  • Judith X. Becerra

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Sabbatical Fellow1st August 2001—31st July 2002Participant List  

Abstract
In order to understand the macroevolutionary context of the ecology of plant-herbivore interactions we need to have integrative studies that merge, historical, ecological, and biogeographic information. I would like to spend a year exploring the combination of molecular phylogenetics, character reconstruction and ecological data including biogeographical ranges, to study the landscape coevolution and co-diversification of a plant-herbivore association. My plan is to use the first two thirds of the year to analyze data and the last third to write manuscripts. This analysis represents an important advance in knowledge and understanding of plant herbivore interactions because it involves studying an ecological interaction at an unconventional level: that of reciprocal innovations along interacting generic phylogenies in different biogeographic arenas.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Becerra, Judith X. 2003. Evolution of Mexican Bursera (Burseraceae) inferred from ITS, ETS, and 5S nuclear ribosomal DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Vol: 26. Pages 300-309. (Abstract)
Journal Article Becerra, Judith X. 2003. Synchronous coadaptation in an ancient case of herbivory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 100(22). Pages 12804-12807. (Abstract) (Online version)
Journal Article Becerra, Judith X. 2004. Molecular systematics of Blepharida beetles (Chrysomelidae: Alticinae) and relatives. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Vol: 30(1). Pages 107-117. (Abstract) (Online version)