Eve Lucas

Research Interests

There is a need to understand the current state and origins of the world’s plant diversity in order to manage the areas in which the species are found, in particular if they are fragile and/or threatened. Some taxonomic groups are particularly useful in this regard, particularly if they are widespread, species-rich, with well-known evolutionary and ecological histories and available systematic expertise. A student would be part of a dynamic research group investigating the large, fleshy fruited genera of Myrtaceae, which are found throughout the tropics and to a great extent fulfil these criteria. Approaches can involve taxonomy, phylogenetic or morphological systematics, the evolution and ecology of fleshy fruited Myrtaceae and the tropical environments in which they occur, now and under future scenarios envisaged for life on earth

Personal Research Keywords

Systematics, Biodiversity, Ecology, Conservation, Plants, Evolution