Frank Almeda

  • Senior Curator and Decker and Martha McAllister Chair
  • Botany
  • PhD

Using flowering plants to address questions about plant biodiversity, biogeography, and evolution, I am interested in why some families of flowering plants are so species-rich and the factors that have promoted this diversification. Can certain families of plants be used as indicators of biodiversity hotspots and can this information be useful in conservation decisions? I am also studying species in a megadiverse family of plants like Princess Flowers (Melastomataceae) to determine how they are related to one another and where they fit into the tree of life for flowering plants.

 

My research has always had a strong focus on the tropics where I have organized dozens of field expeditions to Mexico, Central and South America (Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil), and Madagascar. In recent years, I have been working with a team of colleagues, including chemists and anthropologists, on a drug discovery project in Madagascar where we are working with local healers and villagers to identify plants used by people and lemurs. This work is promoting the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in a critical developing country.

 

Starting in 2010, with grant support from the National Science Foundation (PBI: Miconieae grant), a good portion of my research effort at the Academy and in the field has centered on the Princess Flowers of Colombia. The collections generated from three major expeditions as of 2013 are being used to better understand melastome diversity in Colombia and the Phylogenetic relationships of the family generally with the collaboration of several colleagues (Darin Penneys, Peter Fritsch, Fabian Michelangeli, Walter Judd, Renato Goldenberg, Gilberto Ocampo, Marcela Alvear, and Humberto Mendoza).  

 

I have also conducted several field expeditions over the last decade to Brazil to work on Melastomataceae, especially the genus Lavoisiera with my collaborating colleague, Prof. Angela B. Martins of the University of Campinas. We are in the final stages of writing a monograph of that genus.

 

With the collaboration of colleagues Peter W. Fritsch and Larry Kelly I have also been working on the systematics and phylogeny of Symplocos (Symplocaceae). We are currently completing a revision of the genus in Mexico and Central America.

 

Closer to home, I have always been heavily involved in teaching people about the plants in our local flora. In 2007, with assistance from two colleagues in the California Native Plant Society we published a new Flora of Marin County, California.

                                                CURRICULUM VITA  -  8 August 2013

                                                                   FRANK ALMEDA

 

Contact Information:

 

                   Department of Botany

                   California Academy of Sciences

                   55 Music Concourse Drive

                   Golden Gate Park

                   San Francisco, CA 94118-4503

                   Telephone: (415) 379-5359

                   FAX: (415) 379-5737

                   E-mail: falmeda@calacademy.org

  

Education:

 

B.A.   Botany and Bacteriology (minor field: chemistry) University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1968.

 

Ph.D.  Botany (minor field: zoology) Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1975.

 

Professional and other Appointments:

 

1966 - 1968 - Research and Field Assistant, Flora of Tropical  Florida Project, Department of Botany and Bacteriology, University of South Florida.

 

1967 - Laboratory Teaching Assistant, University of South Florida.

 

1968 -1969 and 1971-1974 - Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Botany, Duke University.

 

1969-1971 – Military Service, United States Army.

 

1974 (spring) - Instructor, Spring Flora of the Piedmont, North Carolina, University of North Carolina Botanical Garden and North Carolina State Museum of Natural History.

 

1975 - 1978 - Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of California, Los Angeles.

 

1978 - 1985 - Associate Curator, Department of Botany, California Academy of Sciences.

 

1981-1983 – 1991-1993 - 1998-2000 – 2009-2011 - Chairman, Department of Botany, California Academy of Sciences.

 

1983 - 1986 - Director of Research, California Academy of Sciences.

2006 - 2008

 

1985 - present - Senior Curator, Decker and Martha McAllister Chair of Botany, California Academy of Sciences.

 

1998 - present - Research Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University.

 

2005-2011 - present - Visiting Professor, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.

 

Military Service: 1969 - 1971 - United States Army (Overseas Duty - Republic of Korea).

 

Research Interests: Using flowering plants to address questions about plant biodiversity, biogeography, and evolution, I am interested in why some families of flowering plants are so species-rich and the factors that have promoted this diversification. Can certain families of plants be used as indicators of biodiversity hotspots and can this information be useful in conservation decisions? I am also studying species in a megadiverse family of plants like Princess Flowers to determine how they are related to one another and where they fit into the tree of life for flowering plants.

 

My research has always had a strong focus on the tropics where I have organized dozens of field expeditions to Mexico, Central and South America, and Madagascar. In recent years, I have been working with a team of colleagues, including chemists and anthropologists, on a drug discovery project in Madagascar where we are working with local healers and villagers to identify plants used by people and lemurs. This work is promoting the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in a critical developing country.  

 

Closer to home, I have always been heavily involved in teaching people about the plants in our local flora. With assistance from two colleagues in the California Native Plant Society, in late 2007, we published a new Flora of Marin County.

 

Field Experience:  Southeastern United States (emphasis on Florida and coastal plain of the Carolinas (1965-1968; 1971-1974, California (1975 – present); Nevada (1982-1984); Arizona (1989); (Belize (1971); Colombia (2006, 2011, 2012); Guatemala (1971, 1972, 1986); El Salvador (1972); Nicaragua (1972); Mexico (1972-73, 1975, 1976, 1980-1983, 1986, 2003); Costa Rica (1971-78, 1981, 1986-1989, 1991-1994, 1998, 1999); Panama (1971-1973, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1996); Hawaii (1984); Ecuador (1979, 1997); Brazil (1980, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009); Venezuela (1993); Madagascar (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010); Puerto Rico (1995), Namibia & South Africa (1985); Philippines (2011); Yemen - Socotra Island (2008).

 

Study Leader and Lecturer for CAS Natural History Tours:

 

Hudson River Valley and Museums of New York

Galapagos Islands and Andean Ecuador and Peru

Canadian Rockies

Costa Rica (4 tours)

Cuba (2 tours)

Swiss Alps and the Dolomites

The Pyrenees and Northern Spain (2 tours)

Trinidad/Tobago and Venezuela (2 tours)

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

Southern Brazil

Madagascar (5 tours)

Patagonia (2 tours)

Southern Spain and the Canary Islands

Mediterranean Islands of Malta, Sicily, and Sardinia                        

 

Membership in Scientific Societies:

American Society of Plant Taxonomists

Association for Tropical Biology

Botanical Society of America

California Botanical Society

International Association of Plant Taxonomists

Madagascar Faunal Group

Organization for Tropical Studies

 

Other Professional Activities:

 

1979 -1982     Corresponding Secretary - California Botanical Society

1979 -1981     Editorial Board - Systematic Botany Monographs 

 1982- present  Contributing Committee Member, Index to Plant Chromosome Numbers

1982 - 1983     Publicity Committee, American Society of Plant Taxonomists

1983 - 1990     Advisory Panel, Flora North America Project

1986 - 1987     President, California Botanical Society

1988 – 2006    Editorial Board, Pacific Discovery/ California Wild

1997 - present  Board of Trustees, San Francisco Botanical Garden

1999 - present  Board of Commissioners, Organization for Flora Neotropica               

2000-2004  present  Board of Trustees, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy      

2004- present  Board of Trustees Associate, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

2012- present  Editorial Board, Harvard Papers in Botany

                      

Honors and Awards:

 

Society of Sigma Xi

Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences

Jessie M. Greenman Award of the Missouri Botanical Garden Alumni

Association

 

Grant History: (Excluding in-house grants from CAS and UCLA)

 

"Field Studies of the Costa Rican Melastomataceae", Faculty Research Grant, University of California, Los Angeles, 1975-1977.

 

“Pollination studies of some Nyctaginaceae in the southern California deserts”, Academic Senate Grant, University of California, Los Angeles, 1976.

 

"Studies of the Costa Rican Melastomataceae", NSF DEB 76-83040, University of California, Los Angeles, 1976-1978.

 

"Systematic studies of the Costa Rican Melastomataceae", NSF DEB 78-2562, 1978-1980.

 

"Support for Systematic Collections at the California Academy of Sciences", NSF DEB 79-27070, 1979-1982.

 

"Support for Use and Care of Botanical Collections at the California Academy of Sciences", NSF BRS 83-11930, 1983-1986.

 

"Support to help underwrite the publication of Tropical Rainforests: Diversity and  Conservation", World Wildlife Fund-US, Grant #6143, l987.

 

“Field studies of Mesoamerican Melastomataceae”, NSF BSR 86-14880, 1986-1989.

 

"Support for Computerization and Maintenance of Botanical Systematic Collections at the California Academy of Sciences", NSF DEB 9113496, 1992-1996.

 

“Support for Undergraduate Internships in California Botany”, Marin Community Foundation, 1997-2005.

 

"Curatorial Support for Botanical Systematic Collections at the California Academy of Sciences", NSF DEB 9123340, 1992-1996.

 

“Marin Flora – A Guide to the Vascular Plants of a Bay Area County”, California Native Plant Society – Marin Chapter, 1996-2006. Financial support to facilitate a rewrite and publication of the classic Marin Flora which was originally published in 1949. (with W. Follette and Kay Best)

 

"Systematic and Evolutionary Studies of Brazilian Melastomataceae”, National Geographic Society Grant 6173-98, 1997-1999. (with A. B. Martins)

 

"Historical Biogeography of Symplocos, an Amphi-Pacific Tropical Disjunct Plant”, NSF DEB 0126631. (Co-PI with Peter W. Fritsch). 2001-2004. Granted a no cost extension through 2006.

 

“Academy Madagascar Project for Training and Biodiversity Conservation” McBean Family Foundation, $158,000 (Co-PI with B. Fisher and C. Klieger)

 

“Conservation Training in Madagascar”, McBean Family Foundation, $85,000 (Co-PI with B. Fisher). 2001-2004.

 

“Facility and Biodiversity Center Support in Madagascar”, McBean Family Foundation, $114,000 (Co-PI with B. Fisher). 2002-2005.

 

“Systematics and Phylogeny of the Brazilian endemic, Lavoisiera (Melastomataceae)”, – M. Stanley Charitable Trust, 2001-2002, 2005, and Fundacão de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP), $20,000. (with A. B. Martins)

 

“Drug Discovery and Biodiversity Conservation in Madagascar”, International Cooperative Biodiversity Group (ICBG) Program of the National Institutes of Health, 2003-2006. $150,000. This grant is funding our interdisciplinary collaborative team of botanists, chemists, and anthropologists that includes F. Almeda (California Academy of Sciences), I. Ojima (State University of New York, Stony Brook), and P. Wright (State University of New York, Stony Brook), INDENA (a pharmaceutical company in Milan, Italy), and colleagues at two universities in Madagascar.

 

“Using Species-Rich Malagasy Flowering Plant Families as Hotspot Indicators”,  M. Stanley Rundel Charitable Trust. $15,000. 2003-2005.

 

“Princess Flowers (Melastomataceae) of the Cerrado Biome – Brazil’s other Biodiversity Hotspot”, M. Stanley Rundel Charitable Trust. $16,000. 2004-2006.

 

“Support for Acquisition of a Toyota Land Cruiser for Botanical Field Research in Madagascar”, M. Stanley Rundel Charitable Trust, $25,000. 2005.

 

 “MelList, a Complete Taxonomy of Melastomataceae sensu lato (Myrtales, eurosids, flowering plants) for the Electronic Catalogue of Names of Known Organisms”,  funded by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), $70,000. 2006-2007. This project will be accomplished by a collaborative team including F. Almeda (California Academy of Sciences), S.S. Renner (Botanische Staatssammlung, München, Germany), F. Michelangeli (New York Botanical Garden), C. Ulloa U. (Missouri Botanical Garden), Renato Goldenberg (Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil), and H. Mendoza (Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt, Bogotá, Colombia).

 

“Support for Research Programs at the California Academy of Sciences”. Uvas Foundation. $20,000. 2007.

 

“Digitization of Latin American Plant Types at the California Academy of Sciences”. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2007-2009. $62,000 (P.I with Debra Trock).

 

“A complete web based monograph of the Miconieae: a megadiverse clade of neotropical Melastomataceae”. Planetary Biodiversity Inventories (PBI), National Science Foundation. 2009-2014. $3,000,000.  (CoPI with F. A. Michelangeli, W. Judd, and R. Goldenberg).

 

“Adaptive radiation of the genus Lavoisiera” (Melastomataceae) in the cerrado biome of  Brazil, M. Stanley Rundel Charitable Trust, 2008-2009, $13,000.

 

“Digitization of Vascular Plant Type Specimens from Africa, Latin America, and other geographic areas at the California Academy of Sciences”. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), 2008-2010, $145,000 (P.I. with Debra Trock).

 

“Support for Biodiversity Research in Madagascar”. McBean Family Foundation, 2009-2010, $35,400 (P.I. with Brian Fisher).

 

“Funding to support purchase of special camera setup for the Global Plants Initiative Project”, Stanley Rundel Charitable Trust, 2010, $15,000.

 

“Support to Image Bulky Botanical Specimens and to facilitate expanded participation of sister institutions in the Global Plants Initiative”. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2010-2012, $116,000 (P.I. with Debra Trock).

 

“Assessing Conservation Priorities for Paleotropical Princess Flowers (Melastomataceae) using DNA sequence data.” Horne Family Foundation, 2010-2011, $7,500 (CoPI with Darin S. Penneys).

 

“Exploring the Diversity of the Philippine Archipelago from the Mountains to the Sea” Will Hearst, 2011-2012, $500,000 (CoPI with Terry Gosliner, Rich Mooi, and M. Burke).

 

“Research Opportunities and Professional Development for Malagasy scientists at the California Academy of Sciences”, 2011-2012, $25,000. Edith McBean Fund.

 

“Assessing phylogeny and biogeography in a megadiverse tropical plant family (Melastomataceae).”  Systematics and Biodiversity Science, Division of Environmental Biology, National Science Foundation. 2012-2015. $545,200. (CoPI with D. S. Penneys, P. W. Fritsch, and F. Michelangeli).

 

“Field support for systematic and phylogenetic studies of Melastomataceae in Colombia.” Stanley Rundel Charitable Trust, 2013, $7,500.

 

Publications:

 

1973

 Chemical and nomenclatural notes on the Parmelia xanthina complex.  The Bryologist 76(4):541-543. (with J. P. Dey)

 

1974

 Monochaetum talamancense (Melastomataceae): a new species endemic to Costa Rica.  Brittonia 26:70-73.

 

 A new epiphytic Blakea (Melastomataceae) from Panama.  Brittonia 26:393-397.

 

1976

 A new species of Symplocos (Symplocaceae) from Mexico.  Madroño 23:365-368.

 

 In: IOPB Chromosome Number Reports LIV. Taxon 25:631-649. (with C.D. George)

 

1977

 Systematics of the Neotropical genus Centradenia  (Melastomataceae). J.Arnold Arb. 58:73-108.

 

Review of Raven, P. H. & T. E. Raven.  The Genus Epilobium in Australasia.  A systematic and evolutionary study.  Quart. Rev. Biol. 52(4):422-423.

 

1978

 Systematics of the genus Monochaetum (Melastomataceae in Mexico and Central America.  Univ. Calif. Publ. Bot. 75:1-134.

 

1979

 A new Costa Rica species of Clidemia (Melastomataceae). Bull. Torrey Bot. Club. 106: 189-192.

 

1980

 Central American novelties in the genus Blakea (Melastomataceae). Rhodora: 82: 609-615.

 

Blakea penduliflora (Melastomataceae): a new green-flowered species from Costa Rica.  Brittonia 32: 508-511.

 

1981

 Pilocosta, a new genus of tropical American Melastomataceae. Syst. Bot. 5: 294-311. (with T. Whiffin)

 

New and reconsidered species of Miconia (Melastomataceae) from Costa Rica and Panama.  Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 42(10): 303-314.

 

The Mexican and Central American species of Adelobotrys (Melastomataceae). Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 68:204-212.

 

1982

 Symplocos sousae, a new species of Symplocaceae from Mexico. Madroño 29: 255-258.

 

Three new Costa Rican species of Symplocos (Symplocaceae). Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 109: 318-324.

 

Review of Smith, L.B. & R.J. Downs.  Bromelioideae (Bromeliaceae). Madroño 29: 275.

 

1983

 Three new Mesoamerican species of Miconia (Melastomataceae). Brittonia 35: 42-48.

 

1984

 New and noteworthy additions to the Melastomataceae of Panama. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 43(17): 269-282.

 

l986

 Melastomataceae. In: Listados Floristicos de Mexico. Vol. 4, Flora de Chiapas. Edited by D.E. Breedlove, pp. 135-138. Mexico, D.F.: Instituto de Biología, UNAM.

 

Symplocaceae. In: Listados Floristicos de Mexico. Vol. 4, Flora de Chiapas. Edited by D.E. Breedlove, pg. 187. Mexico, D.F.: Instituto de Biología, UNAM.

 

l988 

Tropical Rainforests: Diversity and Conservation. Mem. Calif. Acad. Sci. No. 12, California Academy of Sciences and Pacific Division, American Association for the Advance-ment of Science. (Co-edited with Catherine M. Pringle)

 

1989

 Tessmannianthus, an arborescent genus of Melastomataceae new to Panama. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 76:1-6.

 

Five new berry-fruited species of Tropical American  Melastomataceae. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 46(5): 137-150.

 

New species and taxonomic notes on Mexican and Central American Melastomataceae. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 46(9):209-220.

 

1990

Melastomataceae. Pp. 903-917. In: Guide to the Flowering Plants of the Hawaiian Islands by W. Wagner, D. Herbst & S.H. Sohmer. Univ. of Hawaii Press and Bishop Museum Press.

 

A third species of Tessmannianthus (Melastomataceae: Merianieae) from Panama. Brittonia 42(1):7-11.

 

New species and new combinations in Blakea and Topobea (Melastomataceae), with an historical perspective on generic limits in the tribe Blakeeae. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 46(14):299-326.

 

Three new species of Conostegia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) from southern Central America. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 46(15):327-335.

 

Rainforest Realm--Access Guides to a Dwindling Resource. Pacific Discovery 43(4):45-47.

 

Plant Profiles---Monochaetum amabile. The Public Garden  5(4):39-40.

 

1991 

A revision of Tibouchina section Lepidotae (Melastomataceae: Tibouchineae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 47(6): 175-206.  (with C. A. Todzia)

 

A review of the genus Triolena (Melastomataceae: Bertolonieae) in Costa Rica. Brittonia 43(3):146-153. (with Gina Umana Dodero)

 

Blakea costaricensis (Melastomataceae): a remarkable new epiphyte from southern Costa Rica. Selbyana 12:1-4. (with Gina Umaña Dodero)  

 

Chromosome Diversity and Evolution in the Melastomataceae (Abstract). First      

International Melastomataceae Symposium, Program and Abstracts of Papers, Pg. 10,

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (with T. I. Chuang)        

     

Contrasting patterns of evolution in some neotropical capsular- fruited Melastomataceae. (Abstract). First International Melastomataceae Symposium, Program and Abstracts of Papers, pg. 11, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

 

1992

 A new Vaccinium (Ericaceae: Vaccinieae) from Guerrero, Mexico. Brittonia 44(1):50-53. (with D. E. Breedlove)

 

Chromosome numbers and their systematic significance in some Mexican Melastomataceae. Syst. Bot. 17(4):583-593. (with T. I Chuang)               

    

1993

 Melastomataceae In Flora del Bajio y de Regiones Adyancentes, Fasciculo 10:1-37. Instituto de Ecología, A.C., Centro Regional del Bajio, Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico  

 

Monochaetum amistadense (Melastomataceae): A new species from the paramo of Costa Rica. Novon 3(1):1-4.

 

New species of Miconia (Melastomataceae) from Costa Rica. Novon 3(1):5-10. (with Gina Umana Dodero)

 

Stanmarkia, a new genus of Melastomataceae from the volcanic highlands of western Guatemala and adjacent Mexico. Brittonia 45(3):187-203.

 

An evaluation of the Mesoamerican species of Meriania  (Melastomataceae: Merianieae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci.  48:141-152.

 

Pilocosta (Melastomataceae) revisited: A new species, polyploidy, and the base chromosome number of the genus. Novon 3(4):311-316.

 

1994

Arthrostemma primaevum (Melastomataceae): a new species endemic to southeastern Mexico. Brittonia 46(1):75-80.

 

1995

Miconia amplinodis (Melastomataceae: Miconieae), una nueva  especie para Costa Rica. Novon 5:110-113. (with G. Umaña Dodero)  

             

A new Votomita (Melastomataceae) from Panama. Novon 5:290-293. (with T. Morley).

 

A new Blakea (Melastomataceae) from Tapantí National Park, Costa Rica. Novon 5:305-308.

(with G. Umaña Dodero)        

 

1996

 A new Miconia (Melastomataceae) from Celaque National Park, Honduras. Novon 6:319-322.               

               

1997

 Chromosomal observations on the Alzateaceae (Myrtales). Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 84:305-308.                    

    

Baobabs: Gnarled upside-down giants. Pacific Discovery 50:38-40.      

 

 Systematics of the Andean genus Centradeniastrum (Melastomataceae). BioLlania Ed. Esp. 6:153-166.            

    

 Chromosome numbers and their evolutionary significance in some neotropical and paleotropical Melastomataceae. BioLlania Ed. Esp. 6:167-190.   

  

1998

 Cytological and nomenclatural notes on the Mesoamerican species of Aciotis (Melastomataceae). Novon 7:333-337.

 

1999

 Heterocentron evansii (Melastomataceae): A new species from Pico Bonito National Park, Honduras. Novon 9:127-130.

 

A new Acisanthera (Melastomataceae: Melastomeae) from Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Bolivia. Brittonia 51:159-162.

 

Merger of the monotypic genus Farringtonia with Siphanthera Melastomataceae). Novon 9:131. (with O.R. Robinson)

 

2000

New Costa Rican and Panamanian species of Miconia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 52(4):33-54.          

    

Phyllis M. Faber - A Tribute. Fremontia 27(4):59-60.

 

A synopsis of the genus Blakea (Melastomataceae) in Mexico and Central America. Novon 10: 299-319.

 

Margaret J. Williams - An Appreciation. Northern Nevada Native Plant Society Newsletter 26(7):10-11.  

    

The hexandrous species of Topobea (Melastomataceae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 52(9): 97-109.

 

Luis F. Baptista (1941-2000): Eulogy for a Friend. Fellows' Newsletter of the California Academy of Sciences. Fall,

 

2001

 Melastomataceae. In: Flora de Nicaragua. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 85(II):1339-1419. W.D. Stevens, C. Ulloa Ulloa, A. Pool and O.M. Montiel (eds.)

 

Symplocaceae. In: Flora de Nicaragua. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 85(III):2441-2443. W.D. Stevens, C. Ulloa Ulloa, A. Pool and O.M. Montiel (eds.)

 

Chaetolepis. In: Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. 6:294-295. J.A. Steyermark, P.E. Berry, K. Yatskievych, and B.K. Holst, editors. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis.              

   

Monochaetum. In: Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. 6:469-470. Missouri Bot. Garden, St. Louis.

              

Siphanthera. In: Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. 6:499-502. Missouri Bot. Garden, St. Louis.  (with O. R. Robinson)

 

New combinations and new names in some Brazilian Microlicieae (Melastomataceae), with notes on the delimitation of Lavoisiera, Microlicia, and Trembleya. Novon 11:1-7. (with A. B. Martins)      

 

Three new Mesoamerican species of Topobea (Melastomataceae). Brittonia 53:157-166.

 

The octandrous and dodecandrous species of Topobea (Melastomataceae) in Mexico and Central America. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 52(22):511-548.

 

2002  

Three new species of Symplocos (Symplocaceae) from Panama and Costa Rica. Novon 12: 369-374. (with Lawrence M. Kelly)  

       

2003

Melastomataceae, Princess Flowers. Pp. 375-379. In: The Natural History of Madagascar. Edited by S. Goodman and J. Benstead. Univ. of Chicago Press., Chicago, IL.

 

Chromosome Cytology and Taxonomy of the Red Goblet-Flowered Species of Clidemia (Melastomataceae:Miconieae) in Central and South America. Novon: 13:161-169.

 

George E. Lindsay (1916-2002). California Academy of Sciences Annual Report 2002-2003:17.

     

2004

Novelties and nomenclatural adjustments in the Neotropical genus Clidemia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 55(4):89-124.

 

Una nueva especie de Monochaetum (Melastomataceae) del Parque Internacional La Amistad, Costa Rica. Novon  14:245-248. (with Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Garita)

 

Phylogeny and circumscription of the near-endemic Brazilian tribe Microlicieae (Melastomataceae). American Journal of Botany 91(7): 1105-1114. (with P. Fritsch, S. S. Renner, A. B. Martins, and B. Cruz)                        

 

Phylogeny and infrageneric classification of Symplocos (Symplocaceae) inferred from DNA sequence data. American Journal of Botany 91(11): 1901-1914. (with Y. Wang, P. W. Fritsch, S. Shi, B. C. Cruz, and L. M. Kelly)

   

2005

Melastomataceae. Pp. 394-397. In: A Tropical Garden Flora. edited by G. Staples & D. Herbst.  Bernice. P. Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu.

 

The Chocolate Tree. California Wild 58(3): 14-17.

 

Two New Species of Symplocos Jacq. (Symplocaceae) from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 56(23): 295-303. (With J. L. M. Aranha Filho, P. W. Fritsch, and A. B. Martins)

 

Symplocaceae. In: Flora of Chiapas, Part 6. Pp. 33-40. California Academy of Sciences. (with Lawrence M. Kelly)

 

New Taxa and New Combinations in some Mexican and Central American Melastomataceae. Novon 15(4): 503-518.

 

Two new species of Melastomataceae from southern Mesoamerica. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 56(37):675-683. (with R. Kriebel and A. Estrada)

 

2006

Miconia amilcariana (Melastomataceae: Miconieae), a new species from the Venezuelan Andes with notes on the distribution and origin of dioecy in the Melastomataceae. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 57:549-555. (with L. Dorr)

 

Symplocos pachycarpa (Symplocaceae), a new species from southern Mexico. Brittonia 58:318-321. (with L. M. Kelly).

 

Phylogeny of Symplocos based on DNA sequences of the chloroplast trnC-trnD intergenic region. Systematic Botany 31:181-192.  (with P. W. Fritsch, B. C. Cruz, U Wang, and S. Shi)

 

2007

Anisotes (Acanthaceae) in Madagascar. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. (with T. F. Daniel. B. A. V.  Mbola and P. B. Phillipson).

 

Marin Flora: An Illustrated Manual of the Flowering Plants, Ferns and Conifers of Marin County, California. California Academy of Sciences and California Native Plant Society (Marin Chapter). (with J. T. Howell, W. Follette and C. Best).

 

A Revision of Symplocos Jacq. Section Neosymplocos Brand (Symplocaceae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 58: 407-446. (2007). With J. L.M. Aranha Filho, P. W. Fritsch, and A. B. Martins.

 

Rediscovery and phylogenetic placement of Philcoxia minensis (Plantaginaceae), with a test of carnivory. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 58: 447-467. (2007). With P. W. Fritsch, A. B. Martins, B. C. Cruz and D. Estes.

 

Symplocos saxatilis (Symplocaceae), a new dioecious species from Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Brittonia 59: 233-237. (with J. L. M. Aranha Filho, P. W. Fritsch, and A. B. Martins).

 

Melastomataceae. In: Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica. Volume VI, Pp. 394-574. Dicotiledóneas (Haloragaceae – Phytolaccaceae).  B. E. Hammel, M. H. Grayum, C. Herrera y N. Zamora (editores). Missouri Botanical Garden Press. St. Louis. (with R. Kriebel and G. Umaña )

 

Almeda, F., P.E. Berry, A. Freire-Fierro, A. Gröger, B.K. Holst, N.G. Luckana, F. A. Michelangeli, T. Morley, D. S. Penneys, S. S. Renner, O. R. Robinson, J. J. Wurdack, K Yatskeivych. 2007. Melastomataceae. Pp. 397-417. In: V. Funk, T. Hollowell, P. Berry, C. Kelloff, and S.N. Alexander (eds.) Checklist of the Plants of the Guiana Shield (Venezuela: Amazonas, Bolivar, Delta Amacruo; Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana). Contr. U. S. Natl. Herb. 55: 1-584.

 

2008

 

Renner, S. S., D. Treibel, F. Almeda, D. Stone, C.U. Ulloa, F. A. Michelangeli, R. Goldenberg, and H. M. Cifuentes. 2008 MelList – A site with information on the biodiversity of Melastomataceae. Botanishces Staatssammlung München: www.melastomataceae.net (access available 7 January 2008)

 

Revised infrafamilial  classification of  Symplocaceae based on phylogenetic data from DNA sequences and morphology. Taxon 57(3): 823-852. (with P. W. Fritsch, L. M. Kelly, Y. Wang, and R. Kriebel)

 

Phylogeny of Miconia (Melastomataceae): Patterns of stamen diversification in a megadiverse neotropical genus. International Journal of Plant Sciences 169(7):963-979. (With R. Goldenberg, D. S. Penneys, W. S. Judd, and F. A. Michelangeli).

 

A new and threatened arborescent Miconia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) from the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 59:489-495 (With R. Kriebel and R. Aguilar).

 

Almeda, F., P. W. Fritsch, and J. L. M. Aranha Filho. 2008. Symplocaceae. In Zuloaga, F. O., O. Morrone, and M. J.

Belgrano (eds.), Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of the Southern Cone (Argentina, Southern Brazil, Chile,

Paraguay, and Uruguay), Vol. 3, pp. 3067–3069. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

 

2009

Cryptic dioecy is widespread in South American species of Symplocos Jacq. Section Barberina (Vell.) A.DC. (Symplocaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 277:99-104. (with J.L. Aranha, P.W. Fritsch, and A.B. Martins).

 

Two new dioecious species of  Symplocos from southern Brazil. Novon 19:1-6. (with J.L. Aranha, P. W. Fritsch, and A. B. Martins).

 

Aranha Filho, J.L.M., P.W. Fritsch, F. Almeda, and A.B. Martins. 2009.  Symplocaceae. In: Catálogo de Espécies de Plantas Raras do Brasil. Pp. 380-381. A.M. Giulietti, J.M. Cardoso da Silva, A. Rapini, L. Paganucci de queiroz and M.J. Gomes de Andrade (eds.) Conservation International of Brasil. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil.

 

Santos, A.K.A., A.B. Martins, F. Almeda, R. Romero, A.P.M. Santos, K.F.R. Bernardo, C. Koschnitzke, r. Goldenberg, M. Reginato, R.C. Seco Lee and w. Rodriques.  2009.  Melastomataceae. In: Catálogo de Espécies de Plantas Raras do Brasil. Pp. 263-279. A.M. Giulietti, J.M. Cardoso da Silva, A. Rapini, L. Paganucci de Queiroz and M.J. Gomes de Andrade (eds.) Conservation International of Brasil. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil.

 

Kriebel, R. and F. Almeda. Three new species in the neotropical genus Clidemia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae). Brittonia 61(3):206-217.

 

F. Almeda and P. W. Fritsch. Symplocaceae. In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (ed.), Flora of North America, Volume 8. Magnoliophyta: Paeoniaceae to Ericaceae, pp. 329-331. Oxford University Press, New York.

 

J.L. Aranha, R. Bertoncello, P.W. Fritsch, F. Almeda, and A.B. Martins. 2009. Symplocos atlantica (Symplocaceae), a new species from the Atlantic Rain Forest of Brazil. Harvard Papers in Botany 14(2):101-104.

 

J. L. M. Aranha Filho, P.W. Fritsch, F. Almeda, and A. B. Martins. 2009. Validation of the name Symplocos pentandra (Symplocaceae). Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 3(2):659-660.

 

F. Almeda. 2009. Melastomataceae. In G. Davidse, M. Sousa-Sánchez, S. Knapp and F. Chiang  (editores generales), Flora Mesoamericana 4(1): 164-338.   

 

L. M. Kelly and F. Almeda. 2009. Symplocaceae. In In G. Davidse, M. Sousa-Sánchez, S. Knapp and F. Chiang  (editores generales), Flora Mesoamericana 4(1): 620-625.    

 

2010

J. L. M. Aranha Filho, P.W. Fritsch, F. Almeda, and A. B. Martins. 2010. (1966) Proposal to reject the name Barberina hirsuta (Symplocos hirsuta) (Symplocaceae). Taxon 59(4): 1287-1288.

 

D.S. Penneys, F.A. Michelangeli, W.S. Judd and F. Almeda. 2010. Henrietteeae (Melastomataceae):  A new neotropical berry-fruited tribe.  Systematic Botany 35(4): 783-800.

 

2011

F. Almeda and O. R. Robinson. 2011. Systematics and phylogeny of Siphanthera (Melastomataceae). Systematic Botany Monographs 93: 1-101.

 

K. Fidanza and F. Almeda. 2011. New species of the Brazilian endemic genus Cambessedesia DC. (Melastomataceae). Harvard Papers in Botany. Harvard Papers in Botany 16(1): 57-63.

 

 

2012

R. Kriebel and F. Almeda. 2012. Five new species of Miconia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) from Costa Rica and Panama.  Harvard Papers in Botany 17(1): 53-64.

 

F. Almeda and A. B. Martins. 2012. Miconia wurdackiana (Melastomataceae: Microlicieae):  a new species from Bahia, Brazil. Kew Bulletin  67: 467-470. 

 

J. L. M. Aranha, L. D. Meireles, P. W. Fritsch, F. Almeda and A. B. Martins 2011. A new species of  Symplocos (Symplocaceae) from the Itatiaia Plateau of Brazil. Brittonia 64(3 ): 252-256. 

 

T. F. Daniel and F. Almeda. 2012. Dennis Breedlove, an Appreciation. Taxon 61(5): 1137-1139.

 

R. Letsara, S. Rakotoarisoa and F. Almeda. 2012. Three new Aloe species from Madagascar. Malagasy Nature 6: 46-55. 

 

2013

 

F. A. Michelangeli, P. Guimarães, D. S. Penneys, F. Almeda, and R. Kriebel. Phylogenetic  relationships and distribution of New World Melastomeae (Melastomataceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 171: 38-60. . 

 

G. Ocampo and F. Almeda. 2013. Seed diversity in the Miconieae (Melastomataceae): morphological characterization and phenetic relationships. Phytotaxa 80(1): 1-129. 

 

F. Almeda. 2013. A new epiphytic species of Blakea (Melastomataceae: Blakeeae) from the Caribbean rainforest of Costa Rica. Selbyana. 31(1): 1-4.

 

G. Ocampo and F. Almeda. 2013. Do Melastomataceae perform CAM photosynthesis? A survey of neotropical species using carbon isotope ratios. Journal of Tropical Ecology  29: 265-269.

 

R. Goldenberg, F. Almeda, M. K.  Caddah, A. B. Martins, J. Meirelles, F. A. Michelangeli and M. Weiss). 2013. Nomenclator Botanicus for the neotropical genus Miconia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae). Phytotaxa 106 (1): 1-171.

joSon, N. L.: Intimate Portraits of Nature.  F. Almeda. (Botanical Editor),  Graphis Press, New York.

 

In Press (unless noted otherwise):

 

Symplocaceae. In: Manual to the Plants of Costa Rica. Edited by B. Hammel and M. Grayum, Missouri Botanical Garden and Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica. (with Ricardo Kriebel)

 

Melastomataceae. In: Catalogue of the Vascular Flora of Colombia, edited by R. Bernal, R. Gradstein and M. Celis. Regnum Vegetabile. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Instituto de Ciencias  and University of Göttingen. (with M. Alvear, H. Mendoza, D. Penneys, and  F. Michelangeli) --- submitted.

 

Four new species of Trembleya  DC. (Melastomataceae: Microlicieae) from Serra do Cabral, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Brittonia. (with K. Fidanza and A. B. Martins).

 

The Global Plants Initiative (GPI) and the California Academy of Sciences. Proceedings of the AETFAT Congress

(2010), Antananarivo, Madagascar . (with R. Peters and D. Trock).

 

Systematic and phylogenetic significance of chromosome number diversity in some neotropical Melastomataceae. Noel and Patricia Holmgren Festschrift, New York Botanical Garden. Mem. New York Bot. Garden 108: 155-177. (2013).  

 

 

Symplocos dasyphylla (Symplocaceae): revised description and lectotypification. Rodriguesia (with J. L. M. Aranha, P. W. Fritsch, and A. B. Martins)

 

Systematics, Phylogeny, and Biogeography of Chaetolepis (Melastomataceae). Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 7(1): 217-263. 2013 (with D. Grimm).

 

Clinal variation and the decoupling of vegetative and reproductive characters in Acisanthera section Acisanthera (Melastomataceae). Taxon (with R. Kriebel)---submitted.

 

Two new species of Miconia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) from the cloud forests of Panama. Phytotaxa  (with R. Kriebel)---submitted.

 

Three new species of Symplocos  sect. Hopea  (Symplocaceae) from Brazil. Kew Bulletin. (with J.L.M. Aranha Filho, P. W. Fritsch, and A. B. Martins).

 

New and reconsidered species of Tropical American Melastomataceae. Brittonia (with D. S. Penneys).

 

Recent Posters :

Almeda, F., M. Alvear, D. S. Penneys, F. A. Michelangeli. Colombia, a major center of diversity for neotropical Melastomataceae. Botany & Mycology 2009, Snowbird, Utah, July 25-29. 2009.

 

Alvear, M. & F. Almeda. The genus Monochaetum (Melastomataceae) in Colombia (South America). Botany & Mycology 2009, Snowbird, Utah, July 25-29. 2009.

 

Ranarivelo, H., F. Almeda, P. W. Fritsch. Phylogenetic analysis of the Malagasy endemic genus Rousseauxia (Melastomataceae) based on morphological characters – preliminary results. Botany & Mycology 2009, Snowbird, Utah, July 25-29, 2009.


Talk at meetings:

Michelangeli, F. A., F. Almeda, R. Goldenberg, W. S. Judd, M. Tulig. The PBI Miconieae project: A complete web-based monograph of the tribe Miconieae (Melastomataceae). Botany & Mycology 2009, Snowbird, Utah, July 25-29, 2009.

 

Talk at AETFAT meetings:

 

Peters, R., D. Trock, and F. Almeda. The Global Plants Initiative (GPI) and the California Academy of Sciences,

AETFAT 2010, Antananarivo, Madagascar, 26-29 April 2010.

 

 

Recent Posters:

 

Ranarivelo, H., F. Almeda and P. Fritsch. Phylogeny and Biogeography of the Malagasy genus Rousseauxia (Melastomataceae). AETFAT 2010, Antananarivo, Madagascar, 26-29 April 2010.

 

Ranarivelo, H., F. Almeda. Revisionary study of the Malagasy endemic genus Rousseauxia (Melastomataceae). AETFAT 2010, Antananarivo, Madagascar, 26-29 April 2010.

 

Gamba. D. and F. Almeda. Systematics of the Octopleura clade of the genus Miconia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae). Botany 2013, New Orleans, Louisiana, 27 – 31 July 2013.

 

Recent Presentations at Professional Meetings:

 

Almeda, F., D. S. Penneys and M. Reginato. Patterns of Chromosome number diversity and evolution in the Melastomataceae. Botany 2013, New Orleans, Louisiana, 27-31 July, 2013.

 

Almeda, F., M. Alvear and H. Mendoza-Cifuentes. Colombia: biodiversity hotspot and major center of diversity for Melastomataceae. Botany 2013, New Orleans, Louisiana, 27-31 July, 2013.

 

Michelangeli, F., N. Antoine, M. Reginato, R. Kriebel, G. Ocampo, F. Almeda, W. Judd and R. Goldenberg. Biogeography of the tribe Miconieae (Melastomataceae) reveals a complex pattern of dispersal and repetitive colonication of new environments. Botany 2013, New Orleans, Louisiana, 27-31 July, 2013.

 

Ocampo, G., R. Ribeiro, D. Trombert de Oliveira, R. Goldenberg, F. Michelangeli and F. Almeda. Using seed morphology to evaluate taxonomic and phylogenetic hypotheses in the Miconieae (Melastomataceae). Botany 2013, New Orleans, Louisiana, 27-31 July, 2013.

 

Penneys, D.S., F. Almeda and F. Michelangeli and P. W. Fritsch. A survey of remarkable evolutionary trends in the Melastomataceae.  Botany 2013, New Orleans, Louisiana, 27-31 July, 2013.

 

Majure, L, W. Judd, G. Ionta, D. Skean, E. Becquer, J. Burke, D.S. Penneys, G. Ocampo, M. Alvear, R. Goldenberg, F. Almeda, F. Michelangeli. Evaluating evolution in the tribe Miconieae (Melastomataceae): hompplasy is the rule not the exception.  Botany 2013, New Orleans, Louisiana, 27-31 July, 2013.

 

P.W. Fritsch, C. Pereira, D. Almenara, C. Winter, H. Lambers, F. Almeda, R. Oliveira. Underground leaves of the genus Philcoxia (Plantaginaceae) trap and digest nematodes. Symposium on Carnivorous Plants: New horizons in hungry foliage, Botany 2012, Columbus, Ohio, July, 2012.

 

Ocampo, G. and F. Almeda. Systematic and phylogenetic significance of seed morphology in the Miconieae (Melastomataceae). Botany 2011, St. Louis, Missouri, July 9-13, 2011.

 

Penneys, D. S., F. Almeda and F. A. Michelangeli. Progress toward a comprehensive phylogenetic analysis and revised classification of the Melastomataceae. Botany 2010, Providence, Rhode Island, 31 July – 5 August 2010.

 

Michelangeli, F. A., F. Almeda, R. Goldenberg, W. Judd, M. Tulig. El Proyecto PBI – Miconieae: una revision taxonomia basada en un trabajo de equipo. Latin American Botanical Congress, October, 2010, Santiago, Chile.

 

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Advisees:

 

Summer Systematics Institute Undergraduate Interns:

Josh McDill – San Francisco State University (1996)

 

Crawford Cooley Undergraduate Summer Interns in California Botany:

Anne E. Harry – Texas A & M University (1997)

Robin Schramm – Arizona State University (1998)

Gail Lu – Humboldt State University (1999)

Laurel O’Keefe-Crow – Colorado College (2000)

Ivan Parr – St Mary’s College (2007)

 

Other Summer Graduate Interns:

Jacinto Regalado, Jr. – University of California, Berkeley (1992)

Rosana Romero – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil (1997)

Heritiana Ranarivelo – University of Antananarivo, Madagascar (2002-2003, 2005)

 

Wallace Summer Intern:

Tony Morosco – University of California, Berkeley (1996)

 

­Lakeside Foundation Interns:

Heritiana Ranarivelo – Antananarivo, Madagascar (2003-2006)

Rolland Ranaivojaona – Parc Botanique et Zoologique, Madagascar (2005)

Patricia Jaramillo – Galapagos, Ecuador (2007)

Eldis Becquer – National Botanical Garden, Havana, Cuba (2007)

Rokiman Letsara – Antananarivo, Madagascar (2008)

Ahmed Saeed Suleiman – Yemen (Socotra Island Archipelago) – 2009

 

Biological Illustration Interns:

Beth Guy – University of California, Santa Cruz (2005-2006)

Sarah Adler – University of California, Santa Cruz (2008)

 

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Angela B. Martins (1999-2000)

Darin S. Penneys (2008 -  2010 )

Gilberto Ocampo-Acosta (2010 -  )

Douglas Stone (20006-2008)

 

Graduate Students:

Carrie Carden – M.S. at San Francisco State University/CAS (2001-2003)

Dan Grimm  - M.S. at San Francisco State University/CAS (2004-2009) – major advisor

João L. Aranha Filho – M.S. at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil (2004- 2006) –co-advisor with P. W. Fritsch

João L. Aranha Filho – Ph.D. at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil (2006 - 2011) – co-advisor with P.W. Fritsch

Ricardo Kriebel- M.S. at San Francisco State University/CAS (2005 - 2008) – major advisor

John Wilkinson-M.S. at San Francisco State University/CAS (2007 -  2008) – major advisor

Dalia Marcela Alvear-M.S. at San Francisco State University/CAS (2007 - 2010) – major advisor

Heritiana Ranarivelo- M.S. at San Francisco State University/CAS (2007 - 2010) – major advisor

Diana Gamba-Moreno-M.S. at San Francisco State University/CAS (2010 - 2013 ) – major advisor

 

Service on Graduate Student Committees:

Jacinto Regalado, Jr. – Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley (1990-1993)

Darin Penneys – Ph.D. at University of Florida, Gainesville (2003 -2007)

Taylor Quedensley – M.S. at University of Nebraska, Omaha (2004 -2006)

Rebecca Peters – M.S. at San Francisco State University/CAS (2005 - 2008)

Emily Magnaghi – M.S. at San Francisco State University/CAS (2006 - 2010  )

María Eugenia Morales Puente – Ph.D. at Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2006-2010)

In Press (unless noted otherwise):

 

Symplocaceae. In: Manual to the Plants of Costa Rica. Edited by B. Hammel and M. Grayum, Missouri Botanical Garden and Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica. (with Ricardo Kriebel)

 

Melastomataceae. In: Catalogue of the Vascular Flora of Colombia, edited by R. Bernal, R. Gradstein and M. Celis. Regnum Vegetabile. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Instituto de Ciencias and University of Göttingen. (with M. Alvear, H. Mendoza, D. Penneys, and F. Michelangeli) --- submitted.

 

Four new species of Trembleya DC. (Melastomataceae: Microlicieae) from Serra do Cabral, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Brittonia. (with K. Fidanza and A. B. Martins).

 

The Global Plants Initiative (GPI) and the California Academy of Sciences. Proceedings of the AETFAT Congress

(2010), Antananarivo, Madagascar . (with R. Peters and D. Trock).

 

Systematic and phylogenetic significance of chromosome number diversity in some neotropical Melastomataceae. Noel and Patricia Holmgren Festschrift, New York Botanical Garden. Mem. New York Bot. Garden 108: 155-177. (2013).

 

 

Symplocos dasyphylla (Symplocaceae): revised description and lectotypification. Rodriguesia (with J. L. M. Aranha, P. W. Fritsch, and A. B. Martins)

 

Systematics, Phylogeny, and Biogeography of Chaetolepis (Melastomataceae). Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 7(1): 217-263. 2013 (with D. Grimm).

 

Clinal variation and the decoupling of vegetative and reproductive characters in Acisanthera section Acisanthera (Melastomataceae). Taxon (with R. Kriebel)---submitted.

 

Two new species of Miconia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) from the cloud forests of Panama. Phytotaxa (with R. Kriebel)---submitted.

 

Three new species of Symplocos sect. Hopea (Symplocaceae) from Brazil. Kew Bulletin. (with J.L.M. Aranha Filho, P. W. Fritsch, and A. B. Martins).

 

New and reconsidered species of Tropical American Melastomataceae. Brittonia (with D. S. Penneys).

 

2013

 

F. A. Michelangeli, P. Guimarães, D. S. Penneys, F. Almeda, and R. Kriebel. Phylogenetic relationships and distribution of New World Melastomeae (Melastomataceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 171: 38-60. .

 

G. Ocampo and F. Almeda. 2013. Seed diversity in the Miconieae (Melastomataceae): morphological characterization and phenetic relationships. Phytotaxa 80(1): 1-129.

 

F. Almeda. 2013. A new epiphytic species of Blakea (Melastomataceae: Blakeeae) from the Caribbean rainforest of Costa Rica. Selbyana. 31(1): 1-4.

 

G. Ocampo and F. Almeda. 2013. Do Melastomataceae perform CAM photosynthesis? A survey of neotropical species using carbon isotope ratios. Journal of Tropical Ecology 29: 265-269.

 

R. Goldenberg, F. Almeda, M. K. Caddah, A. B. Martins, J. Meirelles, F. A. Michelangeli and M. Weiss). 2013. Nomenclator Botanicus for the neotropical genus Miconia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae). Phytotaxa 106 (1): 1-171.

joSon, N. L.: Intimate Portraits of Nature. F. Almeda. (Botanical Editor), Graphis Press, New York.

 

2012

 

R. Kriebel and F. Almeda. 2012. Five new species of Miconia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) from Costa Rica and Panama. Harvard Papers in Botany 17(1): 53-64.

 

F. Almeda and A. B. Martins. 2012. Miconia wurdackiana (Melastomataceae: Microlicieae): a new species from Bahia, Brazil. Kew Bulletin 67: 467-470.

 

J. L. M. Aranha, L. D. Meireles, P. W. Fritsch, F. Almeda and A. B. Martins 2011. A new species of Symplocos (Symplocaceae) from the Itatiaia Plateau of Brazil. Brittonia 64(3 ): 252-256.

 

T. F. Daniel and F. Almeda. 2012. Dennis Breedlove, an Appreciation. Taxon 61(5): 1137-1139.

 

R. Letsara, S. Rakotoarisoa and F. Almeda. 2012. Three new Aloe species from Madagascar. Malagasy Nature 6: 46-55.

 

2011

 

F. Almeda and O. R. Robinson. 2011. Systematics and phylogeny of Siphanthera (Melastomataceae). Systematic Botany Monographs 93: 1-101.

 

K. Fidanza and F. Almeda. 2011. New species of the Brazilian endemic genus Cambessedesia DC. (Melastomataceae). Harvard Papers in Botany. Harvard Papers in Botany 16(1): 57-63.

 

2010

 

J. L. M. Aranha Filho, P.W. Fritsch, F. Almeda, and A. B. Martins. 2010. (1966) Proposal to reject the name Barberina hirsuta (Symplocos hirsuta) (Symplocaceae). Taxon 59(4): 1287-1288.

 

D.S. Penneys, F.A. Michelangeli, W.S. Judd and F. Almeda. 2010. Henrietteeae (Melastomataceae): A new neotropical berry-fruited tribe. Systematic Botany 35(4): 783-800.

2009

     

    Cryptic dioecy is widespread in South American species of Symplocos Jacq. Section Barberina (Vell.) A.DC. (Symplocaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 277:99-104. (with J.L. Aranha, P.W. Fritsch, and A.B. Martins).

     

    Two new dioecious species of  Symplocos from southern Brazil. Novon 19:1-6. (with J.L. Aranha, P. W. Fritsch, and A. B. Martins).

     

    Aranha Filho, J.L.M., P.W. Fritsch, F. Almeda, and A.B. Martins. 2009.  Symplocaceae. In: Catálogo de Espécies de Plantas Raras do Brasil. Pp. 380-381. A.M. Giulietti, J.M. Cardoso da Silva, A. Rapini, L. Paganucci de queiroz and M.J. Gomes de Andrade (eds.) Conservation International of Brasil. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil.

     

    Santos, A.K.A., A.B. Martins, F. Almeda, R. Romero, A.P.M. Santos, K.F.R. Bernardo, C. Koschnitzke, r. Goldenberg, M. Reginato, r.C. Seco Lee and w. Rodriques.  2009.  Melastomataceae. In: Catálogo de Espécies de Plantas Raras do Brasil. Pp. 263-279. A.M. Giulietti, J.M. Cardoso da Silva, A. Rapini, L. Paganucci de Queiroz and M.J. Gomes de Andrade (eds.) Conservation International of Brasil. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil.

     

    Kriebel, R. and F. Almeda. Three new species in the neotropical genus Clidemia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae). Brittonia 61(3):206-217.

     

2008

     

    Renner, S. S., D. Treibel, F. Almeda, D. Stone, C.U. Ulloa, F. A. Michelangeli, R. Goldenberg, and H. M. Cifuentes. 2008 MelList – A site with information on the biodiversity of Melastomataceae. Botanishces Staatssammlung München: www.melastomataceae.net (access available 7 January 2008)

     

    Revised infrafamilial  classification of  Symplocaceae based on phylogenetic data from DNA sequences and morphology. Taxon 57(3): 823-852. (with P. W. Fritsch, L. M. Kelly, Y. Wang, and R. Kriebel)

     

    Phylogeny of Miconia (Melastomataceae): Patterns of stamen diversification in a megadiverse neotropical genus. International Journal of Plant Sciences 169(7):963-979. (With R. Goldenberg, D. S. Penneys, W. S. Judd, and F. A. Michelangeli).

     

    A new and threatened arborescent Miconia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) from the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 59:489-495 (With R. Kriebel and R. Aguilar).

     

    Almeda, F., P. W. Fritsch, and J. L. M. Aranha Filho. 2008. Symplocaceae. In Zuloaga, F. O., O. Morrone, and M. J.

    Belgrano (eds.), Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of the Southern Cone (Argentina, Southern Brazil, Chile,

    Paraguay, and Uruguay), Vol. 3, pp. 3067–3069. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

     

2007

     

    Anisotes (Acanthaceae) in Madagascar. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. (with T. F. Daniel. B. A. V.  Mbola and P. B. Phillipson).

     

    Marin Flora: An Illustrated Manual of the Flowering Plants, Ferns and Conifers of Marin County, California. California Academy of Sciences and California Native Plant Society (Marin Chapter). (with J. T. Howell, W. Follette and C. Best).

     

    A Revision of Symplocos Jacq. Section Neosymplocos Brand (Symplocaceae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 58: 407-446. (2007). With J. L.M. Aranha Filho, P. W. Fritsch, and A. B. Martins.

     

    Rediscovery and phylogenetic placement of Philcoxia minensis (Plantaginaceae), with a test of carnivory. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 58: 447-467. (2007). With P. W. Fritsch, A. B. Martins, B. C. Cruz and D. Estes.

     

    Symplocos saxatilis (Symplocaceae), a new dioecious species from Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Brittonia 59: 233-237. (with J. L. M. Aranha Filho, P. W. Fritsch, and A. B. Martins).

     

    Melastomataceae. In: Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica. Volume VI, Pp. 394-574. Dicotiledóneas (Haloragaceae – Phytolaccaceae).  B. E. Hammel, M. H. Grayum, C. Herrera y N. Zamora (editores). Missouri Botanical Garden Press. St. Louis. (with R. Kriebel and G. Umaña )

     

    Almeda, F., P.E. Berry, A. Freire-Fierro, A. Gröger, B.K. Holst, N.G. Luckana, F. A. Michelangeli, T. Morley, D. S. Penneys, S. S. Renner, O. R. Robinson, J. J. Wurdack, K Yatskeivych. 2007. Melastomataceae. Pp. 397-417. In: V. Funk, T. Hollowell, P. Berry, C. Kelloff, and S.N. Alexander (eds.) Checklist of the Plants of the Guiana Shield (Venezuela: Amazonas, Bolivar, Delta Amacruo; Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana). Contr. U. S. Natl. Herb. 55: 1-584.

     

2006

     

    Miconia amilcariana (Melastomataceae: Miconieae), a new species from the Venezuelan Andes with notes on the distribution and origin of dioecy in the Melastomataceae. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 57:549-555. (with L. Dorr)

     

    Symplocos pachycarpa (Symplocaceae), a new species from southern Mexico. Brittonia 58:318-321. (with L. M. Kelly).

     

    Phylogeny of Symplocos based on DNA sequences of the chloroplast trnC-trnD intergenic region. Systematic Botany 31:181-192.  (with P. W. Fritsch, B. C. Cruz, U Wang, and S. Shi)

     

2005

     

    Melastomataceae. Pp. 394-397. In: A Tropical Garden Flora. edited by G. Staples & D. Herbst.  Bernice. P. Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu.

     

    The Chocolate Tree. California Wild 58(3): 14-17.

     

    Two New Species of Symplocos Jacq. (Symplocaceae) from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 56(23): 295-303. (With J. L. M. Aranha Filho, P. W. Fritsch, and A. B. Martins)

     

    Symplocaceae. In: Flora of Chiapas, Part 6. Pp. 33-40. California Academy of Sciences. (with Lawrence M. Kelly)

     

    New Taxa and New Combinations in some Mexican and Central American Melastomataceae. Novon 15(4): 503-518.

     

Two new species of Melastomataceae from southern Mesoamerica. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 56(37):675-683. (with R. Kriebel and A. Estrada)

 

2004

     

    Novelties and nomenclatural adjustments in the Neotropical genus Clidemia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 55(4):89-124.

     

    Una nueva especie de Monochaetum (Melastomataceae) del Parque Internacional La Amistad, Costa Rica. Novon  14:245-248. (with Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Garita)

     

    Phylogeny and circumscription of the near-endemic Brazilian tribe Microlicieae (Melastomataceae). American Journal of Botany 91(7): 1105-1114. (with P. Fritsch, S. S. Renner, A. B. Martins, and B. Cruz)                        

     

    Phylogeny and infrageneric classification of Symplocos (Symplocaceae) inferred from DNA sequence data. American Journal of Botany 91(11): 1901-1914. (with Y. Wang, P. W. Fritsch, S. Shi, B. C. Cruz, and L. M. Kelly)

     

2003

     

    Melastomataceae, Princess Flowers. Pp. 375-379. In: The Natural History of Madagascar. Edited by S. Goodman and J. Benstead. Univ. of Chicago Press., Chicago, IL.

     

    Chromosome Cytology and Taxonomy of the Red Goblet-Flowered Species of Clidemia (Melastomataceae:Miconieae) in Central and South America. Novon: 13:161-169.

     

    George E. Lindsay (1916-2002). California Academy of Sciences Annual Report 2002-2003:17.

     

2002 

     

    Three new species of Symplocos (Symplocaceae) from Panama and Costa Rica. Novon 12: 369-374. (with Lawrence M. Kelly)  

     

2001

     

     Melastomataceae. In: Flora de Nicaragua. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 85(II):1339-1419. W.D. Stevens, C. Ulloa Ulloa, A. Pool and O.M. Montiel (eds.)

     

    Symplocaceae. In: Flora de Nicaragua. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 85(III):2441-2443. W.D. Stevens, C. Ulloa Ulloa, A. Pool and O.M. Montiel (eds.)

     

    Chaetolepis. In: Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. 6:294-295. J.A. Steyermark, P.E. Berry, K. Yatskievych, and B.K. Holst, editors. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis.              

     

    Monochaetum. In: Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. 6:469-470. Missouri Bot. Garden, St. Louis.

     

    Siphanthera. In: Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. 6:499-502. Missouri Bot. Garden, St. Louis.  (with O. R. Robinson)

     

    New combinations and new names in some Brazilian Microlicieae (Melastomataceae), with notes on the delimitation of Lavoisiera, Microlicia, and Trembleya. Novon 11:1-7. (with A. B. Martins)      

     

    Three new Mesoamerican species of Topobea (Melastomataceae). Brittonia 53:157-166.

     

    The octandrous and dodecandrous species of Topobea (Melastomataceae) in Mexico and Central America. Proc. Calif.

     

2000

     

    New Costa Rican and Panamanian species of Miconia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 52(4):33-54.          

     

    Phyllis M. Faber - A Tribute. Fremontia 27(4):59-60.

     

    A synopsis of the genus Blakea (Melastomataceae) in Mexico and Central America. Novon 10: 299-319.

     

    Margaret J. Williams - An Appreciation. Northern Nevada Native Plant Society Newsletter 26(7):10-11.  

     

    The hexandrous species of Topobea (Melastomataceae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 52(9): 97-109.

     

    Luis F. Baptista (1941-2000): Eulogy for a Friend. Fellows' Newsletter of the California Academy of Sciences. Fall,

     

1999

     

    Heterocentron evansii (Melastomataceae): A new species from Pico Bonito National Park, Honduras. Novon 9:127-130.

     

    A new Acisanthera (Melastomataceae: Melastomeae) from Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Bolivia. Brittonia 51:159-162.

     

    Merger of the monotypic genus Farringtonia with Siphanthera Melastomataceae). Novon 9:131. (with O.R. Robinson)

     

1998

     

Cytological and nomenclatural notes on the Mesoamerican species of Aciotis (Melastomataceae). Novon 7:333-337.

 

1997

     

    Chromosomal observations on the Alzateaceae (Myrtales). Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 84:305-308. 

     

    Baobabs: Gnarled upside-down giants. Pacific Discovery 50:38-40.      

     

    Systematics of the Andean genus Centradeniastrum (Melastomataceae). BioLlania Ed. Esp. 6:153-166.            

     

    Chromosome numbers and their evolutionary significance in some neotropical and paleotropical Melastomataceae. BioLlania Ed. Esp. 6:167-190.   

     

1996

     

    A new Miconia (Melastomataceae) from Celaque National Park, Honduras. Novon 6:319-322.

 

1995

     

    Miconia amplinodis (Melastomataceae: Miconieae), una nueva  especie para Costa Rica. Novon 5:110-113. (with G. Umaña Dodero)  

     

    A new Votomita (Melastomataceae) from Panama. Novon 5:290-293. (with T. Morley).

     

    A new Blakea (Melastomataceae) from Tapantí National Park, Costa Rica. Novon 5:305-308.

    (with G. Umaña Dodero)        

 

1994

     

    Arthrostemma primaevum (Melastomataceae): a new species endemic to southeastern Mexico. Brittonia 46(1):75-80.

 

1993

     

    Melastomataceae In Flora del Bajio y de Regiones Adyancentes, Fasciculo 10:1-37. Instituto de Ecología, A.C., Centro Regional del Bajio, Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico  

     

    Monochaetum amistadense (Melastomataceae): A new species from the paramo of Costa Rica. Novon 3(1):1-4.

     

    New species of Miconia (Melastomataceae) from Costa Rica. Novon 3(1):5-10. (with Gina Umana Dodero)

     

    Stanmarkia, a new genus of Melastomataceae from the volcanic highlands of western Guatemala and adjacent Mexico. Brittonia 45(3):187-203.

     

    An evaluation of the Mesoamerican species of Meriania  (Melastomataceae: Merianieae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci.  48:141-152.

     

    Pilocosta (Melastomataceae) revisited: A new species, polyploidy, and the base chromosome number of the genus. Novon 3(4):311-316.

 

1992

     

    A new Vaccinium (Ericaceae: Vaccinieae) from Guerrero, Mexico. Brittonia 44(1):50-53. (with D. E. Breedlove)

     

    Chromosome numbers and their systematic significance in some Mexican Melastomataceae. Syst. Bot. 17(4):583-593. (with T. I Chuang)

 

1991

     

    A revision of Tibouchina section Lepidotae (Melastomataceae: Tibouchineae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 47(6): 175-206.  (with C. A. Todzia)

     

    A review of the genus Triolena (Melastomataceae: Bertolonieae) in Costa Rica. Brittonia 43(3):146-153. (with Gina Umana Dodero)

     

    Blakea costaricensis (Melastomataceae): a remarkable new epiphyte from southern Costa Rica. Selbyana 12:1-4. (with Gina Umaña Dodero)  

     

    Chromosome Diversity and Evolution in the Melastomataceae (Abstract). First International Melastomataceae Symposium, Program and Abstracts of Papers, Pg. 10, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (with T. I. Chuang)         

     

    Contrasting patterns of evolution in some neotropical capsular- fruited Melastomataceae. (Abstract). First International Melastomataceae Symposium, Program and Abstracts of Papers, pg. 11, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

 

1990

     

    Melastomataceae. Pp. 903-917. In: Guide to the Flowering Plants of the Hawaiian Islands by W. Wagner, D. Herbst & S.H. Sohmer. Univ. of Hawaii Press and Bishop Museum Press.

     

    A third species of Tessmannianthus (Melastomataceae: Merianieae) from Panama. Brittonia 42(1):7-11.

     

    New species and new combinations in Blakea and Topobea (Melastomataceae), with an historical perspective on generic limits in the tribe Blakeeae. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 46(14):299-326.

     

    Three new species of Conostegia (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) from southern Central America. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 46(15):327-335.

     

    Rainforest Realm--Access Guides to a Dwindling Resource. Pacific Discovery 43(4):45-47.

     

    Plant Profiles---Monochaetum amabile. The Public Garden  5(4):39-40.

 

1989

     

    Tessmannianthus, an arborescent genus of Melastomataceae new to Panama. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 76:1-6.

     

    Five new berry-fruited species of Tropical American  Melastomataceae. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 46(5): 137-150.

     

    New species and taxonomic notes on Mexican and Central American Melastomataceae. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 46(9):209-220.

 

l988

     

    Tropical Rainforests: Diversity and Conservation. Mem. Calif. Acad. Sci. No. 12, California Academy of Sciences and Pacific Division, American Association for the Advancement of Science. (Co-edited with Catherine M. Pringle)

 

l986

     

    Melastomataceae. In: Listados Floristicos de Mexico. Vol. 4, Flora de Chiapas. Edited by D.E. Breedlove, pp. 135-138. Mexico, D.F.: Instituto de Biología, UNAM.

     

    Symplocaceae. In: Listados Floristicos de Mexico. Vol. 4, Flora de Chiapas. Edited by D.E. Breedlove, pg. 187. Mexico, D.F.: Instituto de Biología, UNAM.

     

1984

     

    New and noteworthy additions to the Melastomataceae of Panama. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 43(17): 269-282.

     

1983

 

    Three new Mesoamerican species of Miconia (Melastomataceae). Brittonia 35: 42-48.

     

1982

     

    Symplocos sousae, a new species of Symplocaceae from Mexico. Madroño 29: 255-258.

     

    Three new Costa Rican species of Symplocos (Symplocaceae). Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 109: 318-324.

     

    Review of Smith, L.B. & R.J. Downs.  Bromelioideae (Bromeliaceae). Madroño 29: 275.

     

1981

     

    Pilocosta, a new genus of tropical American Melastomataceae. Syst. Bot. 5: 294-311. (with T. Whiffin)

     

    New and reconsidered species of Miconia (Melastomataceae) from Costa Rica and Panama.  Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 42(10): 303-314.

     

    The Mexican and Central American species of Adelobotrys (Melastomataceae). Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 68:204-212.

     

1980

     

    Central American novelties in the genus Blakea (Melastomataceae). Rhodora: 82: 609-615.

     

    Blakea penduliflora (Melastomataceae): a new green-flowered species from Costa Rica.  Brittonia 32: 508-511.

     

1979

 

    A new Costa Rica species of Clidemia (Melastomataceae). Bull. Torrey Bot. Club. 106: 189-192.

     

1978

     

    Systematics of the genus Monochaetum (Melastomataceae in Mexico and Central America.  Univ. Calif. Publ. Bot. 75:1-134.

     

1977

     

    Systematics of the Neotropical genus Centradenia  (Melastomataceae). J.Arnold Arb. 58:73-108.

     

    Review of Raven, P. H. & T. E. Raven.  The Genus Epilobium in Australasia.  A systematic and evolutionary study.  Quart. Rev. Biol. 52(4):422-423.

     

1976

     

    A new species of Symplocos (Symplocaceae) from Mexico.  Madroño 23:365-368.

     

    In: IOPB Chromosome Number Reports LIV. Taxon 25:631-649. (with C.D. George)

     

1974

     

    Monochaetum talamancense (Melastomataceae): a new species endemic to Costa Rica.  Brittonia 26:70-73.

     

    A new epiphytic Blakea (Melastomataceae) from Panama.  Brittonia 26:393-397.

     

1973 

     

    Chemical and nomenclatural notes on the Parmelia xanthina complex.  The Bryologist 76(4):541-543. (with J. P. Dey)

     

     

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