Andrew Thornhill (EEG) - final PhD seminar
The large plant family Myrtaceae occurs predominantly in the Southern Hemisphere. Its pollen morphology was studied using Scanning Electron Microscopy and Light Microscopy to determine the amount of morphological variation across the family. Pollen characters were scored and then mapped onto Myrtaceae phylogenies to examine phylogenetic signal. The morphological variation of Myrtaceae fossil pollen, Myrtaceidites, was also examined and compared to extant Myrtaceae taxa.