I am a Research Leader within the Character Evolution team. My main scientific interest is to understand the evolutionary mechanisms governing plant genome size diversification and its significance in a changing environment.
My research takes advantage of the extensive gardens collections and overseas field expeditions, and integrates both laboratory work and applied bioinformatics in the following areas:
- Model-based analyses to study genome size and chromosome evolution (including physical DNA organisation) across several land plant groups.
- Genomic approaches to comprehensively explore plant giant genomes using next generation sequencing technologies.
- Large-scale genome dynamics in the course of plant radiations, with a particular focus on island colonisations.
- BSc, University of Valencia, 2004
- MSc, University of Barcelona, 2006
- PhD, University of Barcelona, 2009
- University of Barcelona PhD prize for the best thesis in Plant Sciences 2009-10
Hidalgo*, O., Pellicer, J., Christenhusz, M.C., Schneider, H., Leitch, A.R., Leitch, I.J. (2017).
Trends in Plant Science 22: 567-573.
Hidalgo*, O., Pellicer*, J., Christenhusz, M.C., Schneider, H. & Leitch, I.J. (2017).
Genomic gigantism on the whisk-fern family (Psilotaceae): Tmesipteris obliqua challenges record holder Paris japonica.
Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 183: 509-514.
Pellicer*, J., Hidalgo*, O., Walker, J., Chase, M.W., Christenhusz, M.C., Schackelford, G., Leitch, I.J. & Fay, M.F. (2017).
Genomic size dynamics in tribe Gilliesieae (Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Allioideae) in the context of polyploidy and unsual incidence of Robertsonian translocations.
Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 184: 16-31
Macas, J., Novák, P., Pellicer, J., Čížková, J., Koblížková, A., Neumann, P., Fuková, I., Doležel, J., Kelly, L.J., Leitch, I.J. (2016).
In Depth Characterization of Repetitive DNA in 23 Plant Genomes Reveals Sources of Genome Size Variation in the Legume Tribe Fabeae.
PLOS One. 10(11): e0143424.
Pellicer, J., Kelly, L.J., Leitch, I.J. Zomlefer,W.B. & Fay, M.F. (2014).
A universe of dwarfs and giants: genome size and chromosome evolution in the monocot family Melanthiaceae.
New Phytologist 201: 1484-1497.
Evolution of Asteraceae in the European Alps
Improving our understanding of the role of polyploidy and chromosomal rearrangements as evolutionary drivers in alpine ecosystems.
Uncovering the genomic diversity of plants
Understanding how plants have diversified, the underlying mechanisms that promote genomic-level changes and the evolutionary and ecological consequences of this over time.
Variation on a theme: evolutionary-developmental insights into the Asteraceae flower head.