Kirsten Fisher

General Interests:

I came to UC Berkeley In the Fall of 1998 to begin graduate school in evolutionary biology and bryology. My interests encompass general topics in evolutionary biology, especially the issues of tempo and mode of diversification, the geographic distribution of lineages, and mechanisms of morphological evolution. Through involvement in the Mishler lab PEET grant, I am investigating the phylogenetic relationships of the Syrrhopodon involutus complex, a taxonomically difficult complex of Paleotropical mosses in the family Calymperaceae. With combined morphological and molecular data, I hope to reconstruct the biogeographic history of this complex, and in this context explore the possibility of morphological evolution through heterochronic changes in development.

Syrrhopodon involutus complex