Koen Geuten is a recently – since 2008 – appointed faculty member of the laboratory, next to Erik Smets. Koen's research in Evolution and Development is outlined here.
Our research focuses on the phylogeny of flowering plants and covers almost all subdisciplines of plant systematics. During the past few years molecular systematics has resulted in a vast number of phylogenetic models of plant relationships at different systematic levels. Some of these models conflict with classical hypotheses developed on the basis of structural, morphological, and anatomical data. Therefore the re-evaluation of character homologies is highly needed, particularly among angiosperms in order to establish more robust phylogenetic hypotheses. This is the main goal of our research: combining morphological and anatomical data with molecular data in order to establish structural bases for character transformations.
- Evolutionary developmental genetics (evo-devo)
- Floral ontogeny
- Phylogenetic reconstruction
- Seed & fruit morphology and anatomy
- Wood anatomy