My work at Kew tackles the role of genome size and polyploidy in the adaptation to high altitude environments, and their relation to floral morphology and pollination ecology.
I study the Asteraceae (syn Compositae) family in the European Alps. Using one of the largest flowering plant families and one of the best-known mountain ranges in the world, I am investigating trends in character evolution across species and the link with genome size and chromosome evolution. I am spearheading the application of a novel automated pollinator-monitoring system (Rana) in a microevolutionary context, studying the shift in pollinator community caused by polyploidization in a mixed cytotype population in high altitude environments.
Bringing together a phylogenetic trait-based approach with a thorough analysis of the immediate effects of genome rearrangements (including those mediated by pollinators), I hope to contribute to a better understanding of the evolutionary drivers shaping plant diversity in mountain environments.
- MSc Evolutionary BIology, Università degli Studi di Padova, 2014
- BSc BIology, Università degli Studi di Padova, 2012
Pegoraro, L., Cafasso, D., Rinaldi, R., Cozzolino, S. & Scopece, G. (2016)
Habitat preference and flowering-time variation contribute to reproductive isolation between diploid and autotetraploid Anacamptis pyramidalis.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29: 2070-2082.