Liliana Katinas
Museo de La Plata, Argentina

Tinker Visiting Professor, Department of Botany                                   
Room 338 Birge Hall, 430 Lincoln Drive,
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1381

Phone: (608) 890-0430



    I am Professor of Botany and Biogeography at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, and Tinker Visiting Professor in the Department of Botany, UW-Madison (2005). My research program in comparative biology has focused on several approaches: plant systematics and  floristics, phylogeny,  historical biogeography, biodiversity conservation, and preservation, management, and storage of natural-history collections.


   Plant systematics and floristics

     My principal research focus over the past thirteen years has centered on the systematics of the tribe Mutisieae (plant family Asteraceae).  Morphological and molecular data supported the placement of Mutisieae as a basal assemblage of the family. Thus, the study of its genera is crucial for the understanding of the whole family. I have examined the taxonomy of some of its taxa such as Doniophyton (currently in the subfamily Barnadesioideae), Salcedoa, Triptilion,  Trixis,  the Gerbera group, and the Gochnatia complex. I have also explored anatomy and the evolution of morphological traits in taxa at different ranks within Mutisieae, for example, the cypsela hairs, reproductive structures, and polen features,  secretory structures in Tagetes (tribe Helenieae), and Kranz structure in Isostigma (tribe Heliantheae). I am currently involved in an updated revisionary review of Mutisieae.  I have contributed with the treatment of the tribes Mutisieae and Helenieae (Asteraceae), and  the Araceae family in floras and checklists of Argentina and surrounding countries.


     Other line of research has been the phylogenetic studies of Mutisieae and the plant family Onagraceae.  By means of cladistic analyses of several genera of Mutisieae I have attempted to answer different questions regarding the relationships among taxa, the evolution of characters, and the taxonomic position of genera within Asteraceae.  As a part of collaboration with Peter H. Raven and members of his team, I have worked in the ITS phylogeny of the plant family Onagraceae.

 Historical Biogeography

      I have also focused in the theory and methods of historical biogeography. I have applied different methods of historical biogeography, such as cladistic biogeography, track analysis, ancestral areas analysis, track compatibility, and dispersal-vicariance analysis. I have published a book in Spanish on the theory and practice of historical biogeography, and an English book on this subject (Historical Biogeography: An introduction) in Harvard University Press.

 Biodiversity Conservation

     Other important focus of my research is the use of cladistic and historical biogeographic methods to the biodiversity conservation. The phylogenetic information encoded in cladograms can be used to develop indices for measuring biodiversity. Application of these indices to some taxa indicates the relevance of the temperate areas in South America to biodiversity conservation. Also, the panbiogeographic nodes and the nested areas in the cladograms obtained by parsimony analysis of endemicity represent valuable tools in the delimitation of areas for biodiversity conservation.

 Preservation, management, and storage of natural-history collections

     Finally, other line of my research involves the natural-history collections. The recognition of the value of the herbaria and the care of their collections is fundamental to biodiversity conservation. As a curator of the LP herbarium in Museo de La Plata, Argentina, I published popular science papers on  the herbaria as an approach of the herbaria value to the general public.   I have started a project on a checklist of the type collection of  Carlos L. Spegazzini, (1858-1926) an Italian botanist leaving in Argentina that deposited his collection of vascular plants in LP. Together with staff of the herbarium, we have already completed an analysis of travels and botanical work of Spegazzini, and the catalogue of the families Asteraceae, Fabaceae and Cactaceae.

 Recent publications:

Sancho, G., S. E. Freire, L. Katinas & M. C. Tellería. 2005. A new species and a new combination in Andean Mutisieae (Asteraceae). Taxon 54: 85-90.

 Tellería, M. C. & L. Katinas. 2005. The unusual occurrence of tricolpate pollen within Mutisieae (Asteraceae). Grana 44: 1-7.

 Katinas, L. 2004. Amblysperma should be retained under Trichocline. Taxon 53 (1) 108-112.

 Levin, R. A., W. L. Wagner, P. C. Hoch, W. J. Hahn, A. Rodríguez, D. A. Baum, L. Katinas, E. A. Zimmer & K. J. Sytsma. 2004. Parphyly in Tribe Onagreae: Insights into phylogenetic relationships of Onagraceae based on nuclear and chloroplast sequence data. Systematic Botany 29 (1): 147-164.

 Katinas, L., J. V. Crisci, W. Wagner & P. C. Hoch. 2004. Geographical diversification of tribes Epilobieae, Gongylocarpeae, and Onagreae (Onagraceae) in North America, based on parsimony analysis of endemicity and track compatibility analysis. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 91: 159-185.

 Tellería, M. C. & L. Katinas. 2004. A Palynologic Comparative Study of Chaetanthera (Asteraceae, Mutisieae) and Allied Genera. Systematic Botany 29 (3): 752-773.

 Jiménez Rodríguez, F., L. Katinas, M. C. Tellería & J. V. Crisci. 2004. Salcedoa gen. nov, a biogeographic enigma in the Caribbean Mutisieae (Asteraceae). Systematic Botany 29: 987-1002.

 Katinas, L. 2004. The Gerbera-complex (Asteraceae, Mutisieae): To split or not to split. Sida 21 (2): 935-940.

 Katinas, L., D. G. Gutiérrez & S. S. Torres Robles. 2004. Type  material of Carlos L. Spegazzini in the Museo de La Plata herbarium (LP), Argentina. III: Cactaceae. Darviniana 42: 177-200.

 Crisci, J. V., L. Katinas & P. Posadas. 2003. Historical biogeography: An Introduction. Harvard University Press, Boston, Massachusetts. Pp. 250.  ISBN 0-674-01059-0.

 Tellería, M. C., E. Urtubey & L. Katinas. 2003. Proustia and Lophopappus (Asteraceae, Mutisieae): Congeneric and subtribal relationships based on pollen morphology. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2505: 1-10.

 Peter, G. & L. Katinas. 2003. A new type of Kranz anatomy in Asteraceae. Australian Journal of Botany 51 (2): 217-226.

Gutiérrez, D. G. & L. Katinas. 2003. Novedades sobre la flora de San Juan (Argentina) II. Nuevas citas de Asteraceae, Tribu Helenieae. Hickenia 3 (38-47): 182-183.

 Stenglein, S. A., M. N. Colares, A. M. Arambarri, M. C. Novoa, C. E. Vizcaíno & L. Katinas. 2003. Leaf epidermal microcharacters of the Old World species of Lotus (Leguminosae: Loteae) and their systematic significance. Australian Journal of Botany 51: 459-469.

Katinas, L. 2002. División Plantas Vasculares of Museo de La Plata, Argentina, and the LP herbarium. International Organization of Plant Biosystematists Newsletter 34: 8-13.

 Freire, S. E., L. Katinas & G. Sancho. 2002. Gochnatia (Asteraceae, Mutisieae) and the Gochnatia-complex: Taxonomic implications from morphology. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 89 (4): 524-550.

 Sancho, G. &  L. Katinas. 2002. Are the trichomes in corollas of Mutisieae really twin hairs? Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 140: 427-433.

 Simon, P. M., L. Katinas, & A. M. Arambarri. 2002. Secretory structures in Tagetes minuta (Asteraceae, Helenieae). Boletín de la Sociedad Argentina de Botánica 37 (3-4): 289-297.

 Gutiérrez, D. G., L. Katinas & S. S. Torres Robles. 2002. Type material of Carlos L. Spegazzini in the Museo de La   Plata Herbarium (LP), Argentina: II. Fabaceae. Darwiniana 40 (1-4): 77-101.