The University Gardens

Ericaceae systematics and evolution

Our research on the flowering plant family Ericaceae is centred on the genus Erica and the collections of the University gardens, particularly Rhododendron.

Erica tetralix, the cross-leaved heather
Michael Pirie, UiB

Specific research themes include

  1. Phylogeny and classification
  2. Drivers of species diversification
  3. Phylogenomics and species delimitation
  4. Pollination ecology and speciation
  5. Taxonomy