Fabian A. Michelangeli

Curator, Institute of Systematic Botany

Ph.D., Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, 2000




Systematics and taxonomy of Melastomataceae, ant-plant interactions, floristics of the Guayana Highlands

Research locations



Fabian Michelangeli’s research focuses on the evolution and systematics of Neotropical plants and animal-plant interactions. Fabian has focused most of his research in the large tropical family Melastomataceae. Currently he is working on an analysis of relationships within the tribe Miconieae, using molecular, anatomical and morphological data, in collaboration with Walter Judd (University of Florida), Renato Goldenberg (Universidade Federal do Parana) and Frank Almeda (California Academy of Sciences). These phylogenies will be used for the study of character evolution within the group. Fabian is also particularly interested in ant-plant symbiotic relationships, especially in those cases in which the ants nest on the plant, protecting the plant against herbivores (myrmecophytism). These associations are found in over 80 species of Melastomataceae and have evolved independently in different lineages. Fabian is also part of a large interdisciplinary team researching the factors responsible for the origin and maintenance of biodiversity in the Atlantic Forests of eastern Brazil.

Selected Publications

For complete list see CV.

Fernandez Hilario, R., R. Goldenberg & F. A. Michelangeli. 2023. A synopsis of Meriania (Melastomataceae: Merianieae) in Peru. Phytotaxa 606: 1-101. DOI: 10.11646/PHYTOTAXA.602.1.1

Mercier, K. P., M. M. Vasconcellos, E. G. A. Martins, J. R. Pirani, F. A. Michelangeli & A. C. Carnaval. 2023. Linking environmental stability with genetic diversity and population structure in two Atlantic Forest palm trees. Journal of Biogeography 50: 197-208. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.14523

Dellinger, A., R. Pérez-Barrales, F. A. Michelangeli, D. S. Penneys, D. Fernández-Fernández, J. Schönenberger. 2021. Low bee visitation rates explain pollinator shifts to vertebrates in tropical mountains. New Phytologist 231: 864-877. DOI: 10.1111/nph.17390.

Michelangeli, F. A., Nicolas, A. N., Ocampo, G., Goldenberg, R., Almeda, F., Judd, W. S. Bécquer, E. R., Skean, J. D. jr., Kriebel, R., Sosa, K., Caddah, M. K., Ionta, G. M., de Santiago, J. R., Penneys, D. S., Alvear, D. M., Gavrutenko, M., Burke, J. M., Majure, L. C., Reginato, M. 2022. Historical Biogeography of the Neotropical Miconieae (Melastomataceae) reveals a pattern of progressive colonization out of lowland South America. Ch. 28. In: Goldenberg, R., Michelangeli, F. A. & Almeda, F. (eds). Systematics, Evolution, and Ecology of Melastomataceae. Pp. 629-644. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-99742-7_28

Goldenberg, R., Michelangeli, F. A. & Almeda, F. (eds). 2022. Systematics, Evolution, and Ecology of Melastomataceae. Springer. ISBN 978-3-030-99741-0; ISBN 978-3-030-99742-7 (EBOOK). DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-99742-7

Cardoso, D., T. Särkinen, S. Alexander, A. M Amorim, V. Bittrich, M. Celis, D. C. Daly, P. Fiaschi, V. A. Funk, L. L Giacomin, R. Goldenberg, G. Heiden, J. Iganci, C. L. Kelloff, S. Knapp, H. Cavalcante de Lima, A. F. P. Machado, R. Manoel dos Santos, R. Mello-Silva, F. A. Michelangeli, J. Mitchell, P. Moonlight, P. L. R. Moraes, S. A Mori, T. S. Nunes, T. D. Pennington, J. R. Pirani, G. T. Prance, L. P. de Queiroz, A. Rapini, R. Riina, C. A. Vargas Rincon, N. Roque, G. Shimizu, M. Sobral, J. R. Stehmann, W. D. Stevens, C. M. Taylor, M. Trovó, C. van den Berg, H. Van der Werff, P. L. Viana, C. E. Zartman, & R. C. Forzza. 2017. Challenging checklists: counting plant species in the Amazon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114: 10695-10700. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1706756114.