Botanic Garden Meise - OUR SCIENTISTS
Steven Janssens, PhD
Evolution - ecology
For many years I am intrigued by the evolutionary patterns that shaped the world’s enormous biodiversity. With over 300.000 species, flowering plants are especially species-rich, only trailing insects in named species diversity, yet until now it is still puzzling how this huge angiosperm biodiversity originated.
As a result, I am especially interested in tracing evolution and speciation mechanisms in flowering plants using biogeography, diversification analyses, molecular phylogenetics, population genetics and bioinformatics.
Although I work on a wide range of taxa within flowering plants, my research is mainly focused on Rubiaceae, Balsaminaceae and Musaceae. Besides studying certain angiosperm families in specific, I also investigate the impact of general ecological and evolutionary patterns that could explain the earth’s current tropical biodiversity.