Annick S. Lang
Phone: +31 (0)71-52 74 728
Room number: 1.01, Nieuwenhuizenweg 19
“Go down on your knees, put your nose in a moss cushion, and you'll discover the exiting world of bryophytes!”
Bryophytes are small organisms that are found in every ecosystems except oceans. Their haplo-diplont life cycle and their ancestral phylogenetic position make them ideal subject for evolution, phylogeographic, biodiversity and population genetic studies.
Keywordsbryophyte, taxonomy, phylogeny, systematics
Current research topics
Dicranum is a common and widespread moss genus in the Northern hemisphere. Although the species of this genus can be considered well-defined, many species are morphologically highly polymorphicand hence led taxonomical confusions.
The aims of this PhD project are to understand the relationship of closely related Dicranum species using molecular methods. I am furthermore interested in clarifying species circumscription, especially within species complexes,using barcoding and automated species delimitation methods.
The promotor of my PhD is Prof. Dr. Erik Smets. The co-promotor of my PhD is Dr. Michael Stech.
2012 Daily supervisor. L. E. van Dijk. Gender frequencies in populations of Dicranum scoparium.Available student projects
Lang A. S., D. Tubanova & M. Stech. (in press), Species delimitations in the Dicranum acutifolium complex (Dicranaceae, Bryophyta), Journal of Bryology
Lang A. S., Kruijer J. D. & M. Stech. (2014), DNA barcoding of arctic bryophytes – an example from the moss genus Dicranum (Dicranaceae, Bryophyta), Polar Biology, doi: 10.1007/s00300-014-1509-7 (2.006)
Lang A. S. & M. Stech (2014) What's in a name? Disentangling the Dicranum scoparium species complex (Dicranaceae, Bryophyta), Systematic Botany 39:369-379
Price M. J.& A. S. Lang, 2011, Dicranum tauricum Sapjegin ( Dicranaceae ) new for the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, Meylania 47: 29-33
Lang, A & Y. Naciri, 2010. New chloroplast primers for intraspecific variation in Dicranum scoparium Hedw. (Dicranaceae) and amplification success in other bryophyte species. Molecular Ecology Resources, 10: 735-737