Timothée Le Péchon

Research scientist, Evolution of vascular plants 
Department: Research
Contact: timothee.lepechon@botanicgardenmeise.be
Phone: +32 2 260 09 70

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Frederik Leliaert

My research interests are focused on the evolution, the origin and the systematics of vascular plants. I am particularly interested in understanding patterns and processes occurring in island radiations. I use a holistic approach combining morpho-anatomical characters with molecules to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships that constitute the temporal framework of my research. I worked on various taxonomic groups (e.g., ferns, orchids) with a special emphasis on the two subfamilies of the cocoa family: Sterculioideae (e.g., genera Cola, Sterculia) and Dombeyoideae (e.g., Dombeya, Ruizia and Trochetia). Using the phylogenetic relationships, I infer evolutionary history of particular characters/interactions (e.g. breeding systems, pollinator/plant interactions), biogeographical patterns and taxonomic treatments.



  • PhD, Pierre et Marie Curie (now Sorbonne University), Paris, France, 2009.       
  • MSc “Systematics, Evolution and Palaeontology”, Pierre et Marie Curie (now Sorbonne University), Paris, France, 2005.

Employment history

  • Research scientist, Meise Botanic Garden, 2005 – ongoing
  • Lecturer, Sorbonne University, Paris, France, 2016-2018
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 2014-2016
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chengdu, China, 2011-2013
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of la Réunion, St Denis, France, 2009-2011


A list of externally funded projects + links to project page

Professional activities

Associate editor: Botany Letters (2020 - ongoing)

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