Dr Ana Rita Simões


Ana Rita Simoes

Accelerated Taxonomy




Taxonomy, molecular systematics, palynology

I am a taxonomist in the Africa & Madagascar Team, and I focus on studying the diversity of the tropical plant family Convolvulaceae (the family of sweet potato, bindweeds and morning glories). Before joining the team, I have worked in SE Asia and S America. My broader research interests include taxonomy, systematics, evolution, biogeography and palynology of tropical plant families. I enjoy participating in teaching activities, student supervision and science communication.

  • BSc in Biology, Univ. Coimbra (Portugal), 2006
  • MSc in Biodiversity, Ecology and Ecosystem Management, Univ. Aveiro (Portugal), 2008
  • PhD in Plant Systematics, Univ. Reading (UK), 2013

Eserman, L., (...) & Simões, A. R. (2020).

Proposal to change the conserved type of Ipomoea, nom. cons. (Convolvulaceae).

Taxon 69: 1369-1371. 

Staples, G. W., Simões, A. R. & Austin, D. F. (2019)

A monograph of Operculina (Convolvulaceae).

Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 105 (1): 64-138. 

Sosef, M. S. M., Gereau, R. E., Janssens, S. B., Kompanyi, M. & Simões, A. R. (2019).

A curious new species of Xenostegia (Convolvulaceae) from Central Africa, with remarks on the phylogeny of the genus.

Systematic Botany 44(2): 405-414. 

Simões, A. R. & Staples, G. W. (2017)

Dissolution of Convolvulaceae tribe Merremieae and a new classification of the constituent genera.

Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 183 (4): 561-586. 

Simões, A. R., Culham, A. & Carine, M. (2015)

Resolving the unresolved tribe: a molecular phylogenetic framework for the Merremieae (Convolvulaceae).

Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 179 (3): 374-387.

Buril, M. T., Simões, A. R. & Carine, M. (2014)

Austinia, a new genus of Convolvulaceae from Brazil.

Phytotaxa 186 (5): 254-260.

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