Event Date

April 2, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Research Lecture Series

Program Information

Lunchtime Lectures
Dates: First Tuesday of each month
Time: 12 - 1pm
Location: online for now
Cost: Free, Open to the Public

BRIT Research Seminars
Date: Various dates throughout year
Time: 12 - 1pm 
Location: online for now
Cost: Free, Open to the Public
Visit the event page for specific date and time information.

Point of Contact

Brooke Byerley Best, Ph.D.

Director of Research Programs

Lip ferns (Myriopteris) are xeric-adapted, rupestral components of the New World desert flora. Distributed primarily throughout the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Andean South America, the clade comprises roughly 50 species and is notable for exhibiting widespread hybridization, polyploidy, and apomixis. In recent years, improved phylogenetic inferences have helped to elucidate an array of reticulate relationships across the genus. Here, I present these phylogenetic insights, along with new data exploring genome and life history evolution in Myriopteris. I provide a detailed discussion of how museum collections, cytogenetics, and deep sequencing have been used to expose the evolutionary history of this clade, beginning in deep time—when Myriopteris first radiated within the Pteridaceae—through to present day species complexes.

About Research Lecture Series

The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Lunchtime Lectures and Research Seminars. Lunchtime Lectures take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons (**Now held virtually until further notice***). Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public. Please watch this page and our social media channels for announcements of upcoming Lunchtime Lectures and Researcher Seminars.