Title

Diversity Within and Between Chilean Mimulus (Monkeyflower) Species

Presenter

Jessica Palacios

Abstract

The Mimulus genus is becoming an increasingly important study species in the biological community, but most studies to date have focused on the North American rather than the South American species complexes. This study focused on three taxa from Chile—M. cupreus, M. luteus var. luteus , and M. luteus var. variegatus—and compared physiological characteristics such as germination success, number of flowers produced, rate of flowers produced, and number of seeds produced under different pollination strategies. My study looks at traits that could help determine if the current naming system for the three varieties is an accurate representation of their evolutionary relationship. More clarification in taxonomical names can help in unraveling the evolutionary history of a species and add to our understanding of biological diversity.

Faculty Sponsor

Arielle Cooley

Sponsor Department/Programs

Biology

Tracks

Poster Session

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Location

Cordiner Hall

Presentation Type

Poster

Research Funding Source or OCS Program

This project was funded by an Abshire Award and a Perry Summer Research Award

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Diversity Within and Between Chilean Mimulus (Monkeyflower) Species

Cordiner Hall

The Mimulus genus is becoming an increasingly important study species in the biological community, but most studies to date have focused on the North American rather than the South American species complexes. This study focused on three taxa from Chile—M. cupreus, M. luteus var. luteus , and M. luteus var. variegatus—and compared physiological characteristics such as germination success, number of flowers produced, rate of flowers produced, and number of seeds produced under different pollination strategies. My study looks at traits that could help determine if the current naming system for the three varieties is an accurate representation of their evolutionary relationship. More clarification in taxonomical names can help in unraveling the evolutionary history of a species and add to our understanding of biological diversity.

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