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Dr. Katy Jones

Forschungsgruppe Asterales
Assoziierte Wissenschaftlerin, Forschungsgruppe Asterales
Katy Jones
+49 30 838 58947
+49 30 838-4 58947
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8


2004–2008, bachelors degree in Biology at the University of Bangor, Wales. Thesis title: Ozone and drought; implications for growth and physiology of Molinea caerulea (Poaceae) and carbon cycling in peatlands (supervisor: Professor Chris Freeman); 2009–2010, Master of Science degree in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants at Edinburgh Botanic Garden with Edinburgh University. Thesis title: Origin, diversification and evolution of Samolus valerandi (Samolaceae) (supervisors: Dr Louis Ronse de Craene and Dr Livia Wanntorp); 2010–2014, PhD title: The Azores Diversity Enigma; diversity and evolution of the genus Pericallis (Asteraceae) in Macaronesia at the Natural History Museum London and University of Bristol (supervisors: Professor Simon Hiscock and Dr Mark Carine). 2014, Plant molecular systematics research assistant and science public engagement for schools with the project Decoding Nature at the Natural History Museum, London (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/citizen-science/decoding-nature.html).


  • Taxonomy and systematics of Asteraceae. Projects so far involve Pericallis, Lactuca and Scorzonera.
  • Plant biogeography.
  • Flora and biogeography of the Eastern Mediterranean and neighbouring regions.
  • E-taxonomy and science communication.
  • Island plant diversity and biogeography. 


Papers in peer reviewed journals (published and in press)

  • Hatami E., Mirtadzadini M., Bordbar F. & Jones K. E. 2020: Delimitation of Iranian species of Scorzonera subg. Podospermum and S. subg. Pseudopodospermum (Asteraceae, Cichorieae) based on morphological and molecular data. – Willdenowia 50: 39–63.
  • Zaika M. A., Kilian N., Jones K., Krinitsina A. A., Nilova M. V., Speranskaya A. S. & Sukhorukov A. P. 2020: Scorzonera sensu lato (Asteraceae, Cichorieae) – taxonomic reassessment in the light of new molecular phylogenetic and carpological analyses. – PhytoKeys 137: 1-85.
  • Jones K. E., Fér T., Schmickl R. E., Dikow R. B., Funk V. A., Herrando‐Moraira S., Johnston P. R., Kilian N., Siniscalchi C. M., Susanna A., Slovák M., Thapa R., Watson L. E. & Mandel J. R. 2019: An empirical assessment of a single family‐wide hybrid capture locus set at multiple evolutionary timescales in Asteraceae. – Appl. Pl. Sci.  https://doi.org/10.1002/aps3.11295
  • Canal D., Köster N., Jones K. E., Korotkova N., Croat T. B. & Borsch T. 2018: Phylogeny and diversification history of the large neotropical genus Philodendron (Araceae): Accelerated speciation in a lineage dominated by epiphytes. – Amer. J. Bot. 105: 1-18.
  • Jones K. E., Schilling E. E., Dias E. F. & Kilian N. 2018: Northern Hemisphere disjunctions in Lactuca (Cichorieae, Asteraceae): independent Eurasia to North America migrations and allopolyploidization. – Willdenowia 48: 259–284.
  • Mandel J. R, Barker M. S., Bayer R. J., Dikow R. B, Gao T., Jones K. E., Keeley S., Kilian N., Ma H., Siniscalchi C. M., Susanna A., Thapa R., Watson L.  & Funk V. A. 2017: The Compositae Tree of Life in the age of phylogenomics. – J. Syst. Evol. DOI: 10.1111/jse.12265. Full text 
  • Jones, K.E., Korotkova N., Petersen J., Henning T., Borsch T., Kilian, N. 2017: Dynamic diversification history with rate upshifts in Holarctic bell-flowers (Campanula and allies). Cladistics. DOI: 10.1111/cla.12187.
  • Jones, K.E., Pérez Espona J., Caujapé-Castells S., Pattinson D., Hiscock S. & Carine M. 2016: Why do different oceanic archipelagos harbour contrasting levels of species diversity. The Macaronesian endemic genus Pericallis (Asteraceae) provides insight into explaining the Azores diversity Enigma BMC Evolutionary Biology 16(202) DOI: 10.1186/s12862-016-0766-1. Full text: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308970890_Why_do_different_oce…
  • Jones K. E., Sequeira M., Carine M. & Jardim R. 2014: A new species of Pericallis (Senecioneae, Asteraceae) endemic to Porto Santo (Madeira, Portugal). – Phytotaxa 186: 199–206.
  • Jones K. E., Reyes-Betancort A., Hiscock S. & Carine M. 2014: Allopatric diversification, multiple habitat shifts and hybridization in the evolution of Pericallis (Asteraceae), a Macaronesian endemic genus. – Amer. J. Bot. 101: 637–651.
  • Carine M., Jones K. E., Moura M., Maciel G. B., Rumsey F. & Schaefer H. 2012: Putting biogeography’s cart back behind taxonomy’s horse: a response to Triantis et al. – J. Biogeogr. 39: 1184–1187.
  • Jones K. E., Anderberg A. A., Ronse de Craene L. P. & Wanntorp L. 2012: Origin, diversification and evolution of Samolus valerandi (Samolaceae, Ericales). – Pl. Syst. Evol. 298: 1523–1531.