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Michael Stech

Dr. M. (Michael) Stech, Researcher - Biodiversity Discovery

Contact

Email: michael.stech@naturalis.nl
Phone: +31 (0)71-75 19 219
Room number: 1.01c, Nieuwenhuizenweg 19
“Integrating morphology and molecules is the key to understand the biodiversity and evolution of bryophytes.”

Plants have fascinated me since schooldays. I started collecting and studying vascular plants but soon began to focus on bryophytes, which became my passion and later my profession as well. Bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) are fascinating for many reasons. Although being usually small, they are conspicuous elements of many different types of vegetation, from tropical cloud forests to desert crusts and polar tundras. They form the oldest living lineages of land plants, and the high morphological diversity that evolved from rather simple plant bodies, along with a complex molecular diversity, is amazing but also challenging. By studying bryophytes we can learn more about the evolution of land plants in general and about the functioning of many ecosystems.        

Career

I studied Biology at the University of Bonn (Germany) and obtained my Ph.D. and postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) in Botany from the Free University Berlin (Gemany). I was Assistant Professor at Leiden University and currently hold a position as Researcher at Naturalis Biodiversity Center. 

Research

Research interest

As a bryologist, I study the evolution of mosses and liverworts in time and space. In particular, my research aims to

  • unravel species delimitations, systematic relationships, character evolution and ecological adaptations, and biogeographic patterns,
  • develop novel species identification tools by DNA barcoding to improve the use of bryophytes in environmental monitoring and biodiversity assessments.

Within the Biodiversity Discovery group, I am focusing on biodiversity assessments and genetic biomonitoring based on DNA (meta-)barcoding, for example,   

  • biodiversity of the Netherlands and the Dutch Caribbean,
  • molecular analysis of herbivore diets,
  • genetic biomonitoring of airborne diaspore diversity for biodiversity research and human health applications.

Keywords

phylogeography, evolution, biodiversity, phylogenetics, bryophytes, barcoding, metabarcoding

Current research topics

Diversity of polar bryophytes

Bryophytes are one of the most important components of polar terrestrial ecosystems. In the research program BRYOARCT we study the molecular and morphological diversity of arctic bryophyte species and develop novel species identification tools by DNA barcoding, infer biogeographic relationships of bryophyte flora's across the Arctic, and unravel the role of bryophytes and vascular plants as diet for arctic herbivores. Another recent international project focuses on the remarkable number of bipolar bryophyte (and lichen) species that occur both in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Atlantic island biodiversity

The bryological part of this research topic addresses the evolution of endemic and non-endemic bryophytes and their biogeographic connections across the Atlantic Ocean, with a focus on Macaronesia, the (Dutch) Caribbean, and southern Atlantic islands such as Trindade Island (Brazil). I also contribute to the biodiversity Naturalis assessment of St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean) and connected integrated research on cross-taxon biodiversity patterns. Furthermore, I have been participating in the NetBiome-CSA project about strengthening European research cooperation for smart and sustainable management of tropical and subtropical biodiversity in outermost regions and overseas countries and territories.

DNA barcoding of bryophytes

Analyses of the Naturalis DNA barcoding project of the Dutch bryophytes are in progress that will lead to a revised checklist, identification key, and flora. Besides, I am CNPq Special Visiting Researcher in a pilot project of DNA-Barcoding of Brazilian bryophytes to improve the identification of tropical bryophytes.

Phylogeny of large moss lineages

The haplolepideous mosses (Dicranidae) and the pleurocarpous Hypnales are the two most species-rich major moss lineages, each with c. 4000 species. Main aims are to resolve the still ambiguous relationships between the major lineages within Dicranidae and Hypnales, infer the evolution of key morphological characters (such as peristome types) and ecological shifts such as that to epiphytism, and provide sound phylogenetic inferences for large and taxonomically complex genera, e.g. Campylopus.

Genetic biomonitoring of airborne diaspore diversity

Air contains spores and pollen of many species of fungi and plants, several of them causing allergies or respiratory problems in humans (e.g. hay fever). Besides, air currents are an important vector for dispersal of fungal and plant diaspores. Naturalis Biodiversity Center contributes to developing molecular protocols and bioinformatics analysis tools to measure and identify airborne diaspore diversity. In the interdisciplinary ‘Hooikoorts Initiatief’ (Hay Fever Initiative) led by Generade, the Centre of Expertise Genomics in Leiden, I am involved in projects that develop these tools together with mobile air samplers, with the aim to let hay fever patients generate personalized data on pollen loads. Besides, I am involved in a Naturalis project analyzing airborne diversity above the canopy in the Amazon rainforest.


 

Collaborations

Consortia:

I am furthermore collaborating with many colleagues in the Netherlands and worldwide, among others:

  • P. Câmara (University of Brasília)
  • A. de Groot (Alterra Wageningen UR)
  • M. Loonen (Arctic Centre, University of Groningen)
  • D. Quandt (University of Bonn)
  • D. Peralta (Institute of Botany, São Paulo) 
  • M. Sim-Sim (University of Lisbon)
  • H. Stenøien (Museum of Natural History and Archeology, NTNU Trondheim)
  • L. de Weger (Leiden University Medical Centre LUMC)

Collections

Botany (bryophytes).

Supervision PhDs

Co-promotor/supervisor

At Leiden University:

Gama, R. (in progress). Phylogeographical patterns between the Atlantic and Amazon rain forests: An approach with the family Dicranaceae s.l. (Bryophyta) and other haplolepideous mosses. Leiden University.

Iskandar, E. (in progress). Patterns of epiphytic bryophyte diversity in Gede-Pangrango National Park, Java, Indonesia. Leiden University.

Santos, M. (in progress): Phylogeny and morphological evolution of Leucobryaceae Schimp. (Bryophyta, Dicranales). Leiden University.

Lang, A. 2014. Phylogenetics and species delimitation within the moss genus Dicranum Hedw. Leiden University.

 

At other universities:

Dantas, T. (in progress). DNA - Barcode de briófitas do Brasil: um estudo de caso para facilitar a identificação dos gêneros Metzgeria Raddi e Sematophyllum Mitt. University of Brasília.

Martins, S. (in progress). Origin and adaptive radiation of endemic Macaronesian mosses: A molecular phylogenetic and biogeographic approach on Echinodium (Echinodiaceae) and Andoa (Hypnaceae). University of Lisbon.

Valente, D. (in progress). DNA Barcode dos Gêneros Schlotheimia Brid. e Macromitrium Brid. para o Brasil. University of Brasília.

Faria, A. 2016. Criptógamas da Ilha da Trindade: um estudo filogenético e biogeográfico. University of Brasília. 

Sukkharak, P. 2011. Taxonomy and phylogeny of the liverwort genus Thysananthus (Marchantio-phyta: Lejeuneaceae). University of Göttingen.

Teaching

Courses

Leiden University (since 2007): Teaching in the BSc curriculum Biology, MSc track “Evolutionary Biology and Conservation”, and Honours College of the Faculty of Science.

Main current teaching responsibilities:

  • BSc, 1st year: Tree of Life, Biodiversity of Plants, Protists, Fungi (Coordinator).
  • BSc, 1st year: Field excursions and determination practice of the Dutch flora (Contributor).
  • BSc, 3rd year: Minor Biodiversity and Natural Environment, Module Large-scale patterns of biodiversity (Contributor).
  • MSc: Field course Tropical Biodiversity and Field Methods - Caribbean (Contributor). 

FU Berlin (1999–2008): Basic and advanced courses in the Diploma curriculum Biology and BSc curriculum Biology about molecular systematics, plant systematics and evolution, character evolution and flower and fruit biology. 

Supervision MSc Students

2017 Supervisor - Lindenbergh, R. - The role of asexual reproduction in habitat specialization of Lejeuneaceae in the Amazon
2017 Supervisor - Koot, W. van de - Species diversity, biogeographic connections and dispersal of Splachnaceae across the Greenland Sea
2017 Co-Supervisor - Vis, R. - The origin of the conifers: the position of the Dicranophyllales
2015 Co-Supervisor - Pas, J. van der - Phylogenetic position and character evolution of lycophytes
2015 Supervisor - Pombo Geertsma, I. - Phylogenetic relationships and evolution of morphological traits in haplolepideous mosses
2014 Supervisor - Zhou, T. - Molecular and morphological diversity in Bryum across the Greenland Sea
2014 Co-Supervisor - Santen, M. van - Traits associated with canopy microhabitat conditions in the Amazonian Lejeuneaceae
2013 Supervisor - Vollering, J. - Molecular identification of arctic Bryum specimens, and effects of grazing on a Svalbard (Norway) bryophyte community
2013 Co-Supervisor - Luong, T.T. - Towards an evaluation of morphological and genetic species circumscriptions of Bryum species from temperate Europe. 1. Genotypic variation and morphology within selected Dutch Bryum species
2011 Supervisor - Vastenhout, N. - Species circumscriptions and intraspecific variability of Ulota and Zygodon in the Netherlands
2011 Supervisor - Cornelder, B. - In search of morphological characters defining Calliergon clades
2011 Supervisor - Dijk, L. van - Gender frequencies in populations of Dicranum scoparium
2011 Supervisor - Kolvoort, E. - Impact on tundra vegetation of foraging behaviour and seasonal changes in diet of the Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis) in the Arctic
2010 Supervisor - Mennes, C. - Systematic relationships, species circumscription and infraspecific variation in Calliergon

Supervision BSc Students

2018 Supervisor - Tabak, I. - Phylogenetic diversity and molecular evolution of nuclear DNA in the genus Campylopus
2018 Supervisor - Vergeer, S. - Genetic diversity of tropical bryophytes along altitudinal gradients in Southeast Asia
2018 Supervisor - Verkade, L. - Species delimitation of the liverwort genus Lophozia in the Arctic
2018 Co-Supervisor - Boom, J. - Identifying organisms in air samples
2017 Supervisor - Wakker, B. - Species delimitation and dispersal of the pantropical moss species Octoblepharum albidum
2017 Supervisor - Narvaez, M. - Molecular analysis of mock communities for identification of airborne fungi
2016 Supervisor - Hartman, T. - Phylogenetic reconstructions of the genus Dicranella (Dicranellaceae) within the Dicranidae
2016 Supervisor - Koot, W. van de - Lichen diversity and vegetational shifts in Rosenbergdalen (Edgeøya, Spitsbergen)
2015 Supervisor - Horjus, J. - How many Leptodictyum species are there in the Netherlands?
2014 Supervisor - Verstraate, T. - Molecular diet analysis of Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis) populations across the Greenland Sea
2012 Supervisor - Coombes, D. - Unravelling genetic variation in arctic moss species of the genus Bryum
2012 Supervisor - Geffen, I. van - Unravelling genetic variation in arctic and temperate representatives of Hylocomium splendens
2011 Supervisor - Haasteren, A. van - Species circumscriptions and genotypic diversity of Frullania and Metzgeria species in the Netherlands and Europe
2010 Supervisor - Kolvoort, E. - Molecular analyses of the diet of the Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) on Spitsbergen
2008 Supervisor - Veldman, S. - Species delimitation in the Racomitrium canescens (Hedw.) Brid. complex and a few related species
Available student projects

Public outreach

Invited lectures at seminars at University of Lisbon (2005, 2007, 2008, 2014); Museum of Natural History and Archeology of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (2010); University of Brasília (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017); Swedish Natural History Museum, Stockholm (2013); Federal Institute Farroupilha, Brazil (2017); and at the NyS-Talk Science Seminar, Svalbard (2009).

About 20 lectures and presentations to the Dutch scientific community, amateurs, the general public etc., for example:

  • Lectures at the annual meeting and lecture day of the Dutch Bryological-Lichenological Society (BLWG) since 2008.
  • Contribution to the "polar market", the scientific exposition as component of the public festival ‘Poolnacht van Groningen’ in 2010.
  • Lectures during the Jan Mayen expedition 2014 organised by the Dutch navy for scientists of different disciplines, media, marines and the crew of the Zr Ms Zeeland.

Contribution to the XperimenTA Magazine for the Twente Academy Young, 2016: "Mossenexpert op de noordpool". In: Xperimenta Magazine "Licht". Education materials for primary schools. Text by Meike Grol. 

Publications

2018

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Aptroot A., Stech M. 2018. An updated checklist of the lichens of St. Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles. MycoKeys 33: 69-84.
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Stech M., Andel T.R. van, Aptroot A., Bertin A., Stefanaki A. 2018. Bryophytes and lichens in 16th-century herbaria. Journal of Bryology 40: 99-106.
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Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Biersma E.M., Jackson J.A., Stech M., Griffiths H., Linse K., Convey P. 2018. Long-term in situ Antarctic persistence within Antarctica’s most speciose plant genus, Schistidium. 6: 77.
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2017

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Bonfim Santos M., Stech M. 2017. Tackling relationships and species circumscriptions of Octoblepharum, an enigmatic genus of haplolepideous mosses (Dicranidae, Bryophyta). Systematics and Biodiversity 15: 16-24.
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Sim-Sim M., Afonina O.M., Almeida T., Désamoré A., Laenen B., Garcia C.A., González-Mancebo J.M., Stech M. 2017. Integrative taxonomy reveals too extensive lumping and a new species in the moss genus Amphidium (Bryophyta). Systematics and Biodiversity 15: 451-463.
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Carvalho-Silva M., Stech M., Soares-Silva L.H., Buck W.R., Wickett N.J., Liu Y., Câmara P.E.A.S. 2017. A molecular phylogeny of the Sematophyllaceae s.l. (Hypnales) based on plastid, mitochondrial and nuclear markers, and its taxonomic implications. Taxon 66: 811-831.
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Briscoe L.R.E., Wickett N.J., Zerega N.J.C., Lumbsch H.T., Stech M., Kraichak E., Konrat M.J. von, Engel J.J. 2017. A molecular, morphological and biogeographic perspective on the classification of Acrobolboideae (Acrobolbaceae, Marchantiophyta). Phytotaxa 319: 56-70.
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Gama R., Aguirre-Gutiérrez J., Stech M. 2017. Ecological niche comparison and molecular phylogeny segregate the invasive moss species Campylopus introflexus (Leucobryaceae, Bryophyta) from its closest relatives. Ecology and Evolution 7: 8017-8031.
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Bonfim Santos M., Stech M. 2017. Testing hypotheses on suprageneric relationships and morphological evolution in the Leucobryaceae (Bryophyta). Plant Systematics and Evolution 303: 1383-1397.
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Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Lewis L.R., Ickert-Bond S.M., Biersma E.M., Convey P., Goffinet B., Hassel K., Kruijer J.D., La Farge C., Metzgar J., Stech M., Villarreal J.C., McDaniel S.F. 2017. Future directions and priorities for Arctic bryophyte research. 3: 475-497.
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2016

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Yahaya N.H., Michael Stech, Zonneveld B.J.M., Hovenkamp P.H. 2016. What is Nephrolepis ‘bostoniensis’?: Unravelling the origin of Nephrolepis hybrids and cultivars with molecular data. Scientia Horticulturae 204: 153-160.

Dirkse G.M., Losada-Lima A., Stech M. 2016. Riccia boumanii Dirkse, Losada & M.Stech sp. nov. (Ricciaceae, Marchantiophyta) in the Canary Islands, the first species of Riccia subgenus Ricca section Pilifer Volk outside South Africa. Journal of Bryology 38: 94-102.
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Gama R., Faria A.L.A., Câmara P.E.A.S., Stech M. 2016. Identity and origin of the Campylopus (Leucobryaceae, Bryopsida) species from Trindade Island (Brazil). Cryptogamie Bryologie 37: 241-250.
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Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Andel T. van, Hoorn B. van der, Stech M., Bantjes Arostegui S., Miller J. 2016. A quantitative assessment of the vegetation types on the island of St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean. Global Ecology and Conservation 7: 59-69.
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Búcaro R.D., Bruggeman-Nannenga M.A., Stech M. 2016. Bryoflora Salvadorensis. 2. Fissidens (Fissidentaceae, Bryophyta), new additions. Lindbergia 39: 24-28.
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2015

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Lopes T., Stech M., Fontinha S., Sim-Sim M. 2015. Molecular circumscription and intraspecific variation in Porella canariensis (F.Weber) Underw. (Porellaceae, Marchantiophyta). Journal of Bryology 37: 241-244.
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Lang A.S., Bocksberger G., Stech M. 2015. Phylogeny and species delimitations in European Dicranum (Dicranaceae, Bryophyta) inferred from nuclear and plastid DNA. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 92: 217-225.
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Draper I., Hedenäs L., Stech M., Patiño J., Werner O., González-Mancebo J.M., Sim-Sim M., Lopes T., Ros R.M. 2015. How many species of Isothecium (Lembophyllaceae, Bryophyta) are there in Macaronesia? A survey using integrative taxonomy. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 177: 418-438.
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Sim-Sim M., Lopes T., Ruas S., Stech M. 2015. Does altitude shape molecular diversity and richness of bryophytes in Madeira's natural forest? A case study with four bryophyte species at two altitudinal levels. Plant Ecology and Evolution 148: 171-180.
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Merckx V.S.F.T., Hendriks K.P., Beentjes K.K., Mennes C.B., Becking L.E., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Afendy A., Arumugam N., de Boer H., Biun A., Buang M.M., Chen P.-P., Chung A.Y.C., Dow R., Feijen F.A.A., Feijen H., Feijen-van Soest C, Geml J., Geurts R., Gravendeel B., Hovenkamp P., Imbun P., Ipor I., Janssens S.B., Jocqué M. Kappes H., Khoo E., Koomen P., Lens F., Majapun R.J., Morgado L.N., Neupane S., Nieser N., Pereira J.T., Rahman H., Sabran S., Sawang A., Schwallier R.M., Shim P.-S., Smit H., Sol N., Spait M., Stech M., Stokvis F., Sugau J.B., Suleiman M., Sumail S., Thomas D.C., van Tol J., Tuh F.Y.Y., Yahya B.E., Nais J., Repin R., Lakim M. & Schilthuizen M. 2015. Evolution of endemism on a young tropical mountain. Nature 524: 347-350.
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Gama R., Stech M., Schäfer-Verwimp A., Peralta D.F. 2015. A morpho-molecular revision of Leucoloma (Dicranaceae, Bryophyta) in Brazil. Nova Hedwigia 100: 319-332.
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Chapters in books

Kruijer H., Stech M. 2015. 7. De vegetatie. In: Hacquebord L., Postma E., Verheul E. (ed.). Met de Zr. Ms. Zeeland op expeditie naar Jan Mayen 46-51: Barkhuis, Groningen. ISBN 9789491431869.

2014

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Camara P.E.A.S., Carvalho-Silva M., Stech M. 2014. A catalogue of Sematophyllaceae (Bryophyta) types deposited in Dutch herbaria. Nova Hedwigia 99: 145-155.
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Lang A., Stech M. 2014. What's in a Name? Disentangling the Dicranum scoparium Species Complex (Dicranaceae, Bryophyta). Systematic Botany 39: 369-379.
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Hedenäs L., Désamoré A., Laenen B., Papp B., Quandt D., González-Mancebo J.M., Patiño J., Vanderpoorten A., Stech M. 2014. Three species for the price of one within the moss Homalothecium sericeum s.l. Taxon 63: 249−257.
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Lang A.S., Kruijer J.D., Stech M. 2014. DNA barcoding of Arctic bryophytes: an example from the moss genus Dicranum (Dicranaceae, Bryophyta). Polar Biology 37: 1157-1169.
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Lang A.S., Tubanova D., Stech M. 2014. Species delimitations in the Dicranum acutifolium complex. Journal of Bryology 36: 279-290.
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Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Delia Búcaro R., Touw A., Stech M. 2014. Epiphytic mosses from the understory of a forest in El Zancudo (“Los Bolsones”), La Paz, Honduras. Bryophyte Diversity & Evolution 36: 45-50.

Chapters in books

Stech M. 2014. East Greenland bryophytes – biodiversity and importance as herbivore diet (BRYOGREEN). 94-95: Aarhus University, DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus. ISBN 978-87-93129-22-1.

2013

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Larrain J., Quandt D., Stech M., Munoz J. 2013. Lumping or splitting? The case of Racomitrium (Bryophytina: Grimmiaceae). Taxon 62: 1117-1132.

Stech M., Veldman S., Larraín J., Muñoz J., Quandt D., Hassel K., Kruijer H. 2013. Molecular species delimitation in the Racomitrium canescens complex (Grimmiaceae) and implications for DNA barcoding of species complexes in mosses. PLOS ONE 8: e53134.
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Heinrichs J., Dong S., Schaefer-Verwimp A., Pocs T., Feldberg K., Czumaj A., Schmidt A.R., Reitner J., Renner M.A.M., Hentschel J., Stech M., Schneider H. 2013. Molecular phylogeny of the leafy liverwort Lejeunea (Porellales): evidence for a Neotropical origin, uneven distribution of sexual systems and insufficient taxonomy. PLOS ONE 8: e82547.
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2012

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Huttunen S., Bell N., Stech M., Quandt D. 2012. Bryophyte Tree of Life: the current state of phylogenetic reconstruction in mosses. Journal of Bryology 34: 157-159.
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Huttunen S., Bell N., Bobrova V.K., Buchbender V., Buck W.R., Cox C.J., Goffinet B., Hedenäs L., Ho B.-C., Ignatov M.S., Krug M., Kuznetsova O., Milyutina I.A., Newton A., Olsson S., Pokorny L., Shaw J.A., Stech M., Troitsky A., Vanderpoorten A., Quandt D. 2012. Disentangling knots of rapid evolution: origin and diversification of the moss order Hypnales. Journal of Bryology 34: 187-211.
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Désamoré A., Laenen B., Stech M., Papp B., Hedenäs L., Mateo R.G., Vanderpoorten A. 2012. How do temperate bryophytes face the challenge of a changing environment? Lessons from the past and predictions for the future. Global Change Biology 18: 2915-2924.
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Stech M., McDaniel S.F., Hernández-Maqueda R., Ros R.M., Werner O., Muñoz J., Quandt D. 2012. Phylogeny of haplolepideous mosses - challenges and perspectives. Journal of Bryology 34: 173-186.
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Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Búcaro R.D., Touw A., Stech M. 2012. Bryoflora Salvadorensis. I. Introduction and contributions to the moss flora of El Salvador. Tropical Bryology 34: 1-11.

Hesse C., Jalink L., Stech M., Kruijer J.D. 2012. Contributions to the moss flora of Edgeøya and Barentsøya, Svalbard (Norway). Polish Botanical Journal 57: 167-179.

2011

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Stech M., Kolvoort E., Loonen M.J.J.E., Vrieling K., Kruijer J.D. 2011. Bryophyte DNA sequences from faeces of an arctic herbivore, barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis). Molecular Ecology Resources 11: 404-408.
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Sukkharak P., Gradstein S.R., Stech M. 2011. Phylogeny, taxon circumscriptions, and character evolution in the core Ptychanthoideae (Lejeuneaceae, Marchantiophyta). Taxon 60: 1607-1622.

Stech M., Werner O., Maria González-Mancebo J., Patiño J., Sim-Sim M., Fontinha S., Hildebrandt I., Ros R.M. 2011. Phylogenetic inference in Leucodon Schwägr. subg. Leucodon (Leucodontaceae, Bryophyta) in the North Atlantic region. Taxon 60: 79-88.

Sim-Sim M., Bergamini A., Luís L., Fontinha S., Martins S., Lobo C., Stech M. 2011. Epiphytic bryophyte diversity on Madeira Island: Effects of tree species on bryophyte species richness and composition. Bryologist 114: 142-154.
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Lobo C., Sim-Sim M., Luís L., Stech M. 2011. Chorological data and threat status evaluation of Fissidens species (Fissidentaceae, Bryophyta) on Madeira Archipelago. Nova Hedwigia 92: 121-131.
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Edited books

Sim-Sim M., Stech M., Fontinha S. (eds.). 2011. Os briófitos das zonas costeiras da Madeira. Guia de algumas species. 102 p. ISBN 9789899549777.

2010

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Kruijer H.J.D, Raes N., Stech M. 2010. Modelling the distribution of the moss species Hypopterygium tamarisci (Hypopterygiaceae, Bryophyta) in Central and South America. Nova Hedwigia 91: 399-420.
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Stech M., Quandt D. 2010. 20,000 species and five key markers: The status of molecular bryophyte phylogenetics. Phytotaxa 9: 196-228.
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Ellis L.T., Dickson J.H., Eckstein J., Fontinha S., Hedenäs L., Horton D., Hugonnot V., Kirmaci M., Kučera J., Lobo C., Luís L., Sim-Sim M., Singh H., Sahu V., Husain T., Asthana A.K., Stech M., Kruijer J.D., Sotiaux A., Suárez G.M., Schiavone M.M., Vanderpoorten A. 2010. New national and regional bryophyte records, 24. Journal of Bryology 32: 232-237.
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Stech M., Sim-Sim M., Esquível M.G., Luís L., Fontinha S., Lobo C., Garcia C., Martins S., Vieira C., Barroso J., Pedro L.G., Figueiredo A.C.S. 2010. Molecular, phytochemical and morphological characterization of the liverwort genus Radula in Portugal (mainland, Madeira, Azores). Systematics and Biodiversity 8: 257-268.
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Sim-Sim M., Fontinha S., Luís L., Lobo C., Stech M. 2010. The Selvagens Islands bryoflora and its relation with islands of the Madeira and Canary Islands Archipelagos. Nova Hedwigia Beihefte 138: 187-199.

Frey W., Pfeiffer T., Stech M. 2010. Geomolecular divergence patterns of Gondwanan and Palaeoaustral bryophytes - An overview. Studies in austral temperate rain forest bryophytes 34. Nova Hedwigia 91: 317-348.
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Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Stech M., Sim-Sim M., Kruijer J. D. 2010. Campylopus Brid. (Leucobryaceae) in Macaronesia revisited. Tropical Bryology 31: 154-163.

Tangney R., Huttunen S., Stech M., Quandt D. 2010. A review of the systematic position of the pleurocarpous moss genus Acrocladium Mitten. Tropical Bryology 31: 164-170.

Sukkharak P., Gradstein S.R., Stech M. 2010. Towards a monograph of the genus Thysananthus (Marchantiophyta: Lejeuneaceae): progress and challenges. Scripta Botanica Belgica 48: 91.

Edited books

Quandt D., León-Vargas Y., Stech M. (eds.). 2010. Special Issue dedicated to: Jan-Peter Frahm: A career in the service of bryology. Tropical Bryology 31: 174 p.

2009

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Blockeel T.L., Bednarek-Ochyra H., Ochyra R., Cykowska B., Esquível M.G., Lebouvier M., Luís L., Martins S., Müller F., Nemeth C., Papp B., Plášek V., Pócs T., Sabovljević M., Sérgio C., Sim-Sim M., Stech M., Váňa J., Yayintaş Ö.T. 2009. New national and regional bryophyte records, 21. Journal of Bryology 31: 132-139.
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Figueiredo A.C., Sim-Sim M., Barroso J.G., Pedro L.G., Esquível M.G., Fontinha S., Luís L., Martins S., Lobo C., Stech M. 2009. Liverwort Radula species from Portugal: chemotaxonomical evaluation of volatiles composition. Flavour and Fragrance Journal 24: 316-325.
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Quandt D., Huttunen S., Tangney R., Stech M. 2009. Back to the future? Molecules take us back to the 1925 classification of the Lembophyllaceae (Bryopsida). Systematic Botany 34: 443-454.
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Stech M. 2009. Bryophyte molecular systematics - current state of affairs with examples from the European bryoflora. Gorteria: Tijdschrift voor de Floristiek 34: 41-52.

Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Sim-Sim M., Martins S., Luís L., Stech, M. 2009. New data on Cheilolejeunea cedercreutzii on Madeira Island. Portugaliae Acta Biologica 23: 239-240.

Chapters in books

Frey W., Stech M. 2009. Marchantiophyta, Bryophyta, Anthocerotophyta. Syllabus of Plant Families 3 13th ed Schweizerbart, Stuttgart. ISBN 9783443010638.

2008

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Stech M., Frey W. 2008. A morpho-molecular classification of the mosses (Bryophyta). Nova Hedwigia 86: 1-21.
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Stech M., Pfeiffer T., Frey W. 2008. Phylogenetic relationships within Dendroligotrichum and Polytrichadelphus (Polytrichaceae, Polytrichopsida) in the Palaeoaustral region. Studies in austral temperate rainforest bryophytes 32. Australian Systematic Botany 21: 39-49.
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Frey W., Stech M. 2008. New suprageneric taxa of liverworts (Marchantiophyta) and mosses (Bryophyta). Nova Hedwigia 87: 261-267.
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Sim-Sim M., Luís L., Garcia C., Fontinha S., Lobo C., Martins S., Stech M. 2008. New data on the status of threatened bryophytes of Madeira Island. Journal of Bryology 30: 226-228.
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Stech M., Sim-Sim M., Esquível M.G., Fontinha S., Tangney R., Lobo C., Gabriel R., Quandt D. 2008. Explaining the 'anomalous' distribution of Echinodium (Bryopsida: Echinodiaceae): Independent evolution in Macaronesia and Australasia. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 8: 282-292.
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2007

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Stech M., Sim-Sim M., Frahm J.-P. 2007. Campylopus (Leucobryaceae, Bryopsida) on Madeira Island - Molecular relationships and biogeographic affinities. Nova Hedwigia Beihefte 131: 91-100.

Kürschner H., Stech M., Fontinha S., Sim-Sim M., Frey W. 2007. Epiphytic bryophyte communities of the Madeiran laurel and ericaceous forests - a phytosociological analysis. Nova Hedwigia 84: 333-362.
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Quandt D., Bell N., Stech M. 2007. Unravelling the knot: the Pulchrinodaceae fam. nov (Bryales). Nova Hedwigia Beihefte 131: 21-39.

Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Kürschner H., Stech M., Sim-Sim M., Fontinha S., Frey W. 2007. Life form and life strategy analyses of the epiphytic bryophyte communities of Madeira's laurel and ericaceous forests. Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 127: 151-164.

Edited books

Kürschner H., Pfeiffer T., Stech M. (eds.). 2007. A Festschrift to Wolfgang Frey – a scientist´s life between deserts and rain forests. Nova Hedwigia Beihefte 131: 277 p. J. Cramer, Stuttgart. ISBN 9783443510534.

2006

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Stech M., Sim-Sim M. 2006. Molecular variation in Plagiomnium undulatum (Hedw.) T. J. Kop. and the status of P. undulatum var. madeirense T. J. Kop. & Sérgio. Journal of Bryology 28: 63-64.
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Frahm J.-P., Stech M. 2006. The taxonomic status of intermediate forms of Campylopus introflexus (Hedw.) Brid. and C. pilifer Brid. (Dicranaceae, Bryopsida) newly discovered in Europe. Cryptogamie Bryologie 27: 213-223.

Stech M., Pfeiffer T., Frey W. 2006. Molecular relationships and divergence of palaeoaustral Dicranoloma species (Dicranaceae, Bryopsida). Studies in austral temperate rain forest bryophytes 31. Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory 100: 451-464.

Qiu Y.-L., Li L., Wang B., Chen Z., Knoop V., Groth-Malonek M., Dombrovska O., Lee J., Kent L., Rest J., Estabrook G.F., Hendry T.A., Taylor D.W., Testa C.M., Ambros M., Crandall-Stotler B., Duff R.J., Stech M., Frey W., Quandt D., Davis C.C. 2006. The deepest divergences in land plants inferred from phylogenomic evidence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 103: 15511-15516.
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Stech M., Pfeiffer T. 2006. Molecular identity of Hypopterygium populations (Hypopterygiaceae: Bryopsida) from three European botanical gardens. Studies in austral temperate rain forest bryophytes 30. Journal of Bryology 28: 83-87.
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Stech M., Osman S., Sim-Sim M., Frey W. 2006. Molecular systematics and biogeography of the liverwort genus Tylimanthus (Acrobolbaceae). Studies in austral temperate rain forest bryophytes 33. Nova Hedwigia 83: 17-30.
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Pfeiffer T., Fritz S., Stech M., Frey W. 2006. Vegetative reproduction and clonal diversity in Rhytidium rugosum (Rhytidiaceae, Bryopsida) inferred by morpho-anatomical and molecular analyses. Journal of Plant Research 119: 125-135.
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2005

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Pfeiffer T., Zippel E., Fritz S., Stech M. 2005. Application of the nonradioactive biotin-streptavidin system to visualize AFLP fragments. Molecular Ecology Notes 5: 673-675.
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Frey W., Stech M. 2005. A morpho-molecular classification of the liverworts (Hepaticophytina, Bryophyta). Nova Hedwigia 81: 55-78.
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Frey W., Stech M. 2005. A morpho-molecular classification of the Anthocerotophyta (hornworts). Nova Hedwigia 80: 541-545.
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Schaumann F., Frey W., Pfeiffer T., Stech M. 2005. Molecular circumscription, intrafamilial relationships and biogeography of the Gondwanan liverwort family Pallaviciniaceae (Hepaticophytina, Bryophyta). Studies in austral temperate rain forest bryophytes 27. Plant Systematics and Evolution 252: 27-48.
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Quandt D., Stech M. 2005. Molecular evolution of the trnLUAA intron in bryophytes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 36: 429-443.
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Stech M., Wagner D. 2005. Molecular relationships, biogeography, and evolution of Gondwanan Campylopus species (Dicranaceae, Bryopsida). Taxon 54: 377-382.

Wagner D., Stech M., Kürschner H. 2005. The taxonomic status of the neotropical Platyhypnidium aquaticum (A. Jaeger) M. Fleisch. (Brachytheciaceae, Bryopsida) based on ITS sequence data. Nova Hedwigia 80: 519-526.

Sim-Sim M., Esquivel M.G., Fontinha S., Stech M. 2005. The genus Plagiochila (Dumort.) Dumort. (Plagiochilaceae, Hepaticophytina) in Madeira Archipelago - Molecular relationships, ecology, and biogeographic affinities. Nova Hedwigia 81: 449-461.
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Sim-Sim M., Stech M., Esquível M.G., Figueiredo A.C., Costa M.M., Barroso J.G., Pedro L.G., Fontinha S., Lobo C. 2005. Plagiochila spinulosa (Dicks.) Dumort. (Plagiochilaceae, Hepaticophytina) in Madeira Island - Morphological, phytochemical, and molecular evidence. Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory 98: 131-147.

2004

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Stech M., Frey W. 2004. Molecular circumscription and relationships of selected Gondwanan species of Haplomitrium (Calobryales, Haplomitriopsida, Hepaticophytina). Studies in austral temperate rain forest bryophytes 24. Nova Hedwigia 78: 57-70.
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Stech M. 2004. Supraspecific circumscription and classification of Campylopus (Dicranaceae, Bryopsida) based on inferences from sequence data. Systematic Botany 29: 817-824.

Quandt D., Stech M. 2004. Molecular evolution of the trnTUGU-trnFGAA region in bryophytes. Plant Biology 6: 545-554.
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Chapters in books

Quandt D., Müller K., Stech M., Frahm J.-P., Frey W., Hilu K.W., Borsch T. 2004. Molecular evolution of the chloroplast trnL-F region in land plants. Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 98 13-37: Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis, Missouri. ISBN 1930723385.

Stech M., Dohrmann J. 2004. Molecular relationships and biogeography of two Gondwanan Campylopus species, C. pilifer and C. introflexus (Dicranaceae). Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 98 415-431: Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis, Missouri. ISBN 1930723385.

2003

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Stech M., Quandt D., Frey W. 2003. Molecular circumscription of the hornworts (Anthocerotophyta) based on the chloroplast DNA trnL-trnF region. Journal of Plant Research 116: 389-398.
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Stech M., Quandt D., Lindlar A., Frahm J.-P. 2003. The systematic position of Pulchrinodus inflatus (Pterobryaceae, Bryopsida) based on molecular data. Studies in austral temperate rainforest bryophytes 21. Australian Systematic Botany 16: 561-568.
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2002

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Pfeiffer T., Frey W., Stech M. 2002. A new species of Treubia (Treubiaceae, Hepaticophytina) from New Zealand based on molecular evidence. Studies in austral temperate rain forest bryophytes 20. Nova Hedwigia 75: 241-253.
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Stech M., Konstantinova N.A., Frey W. 2002. Molecular divergence between Treubia Goebel and Apotreubia S. Hatt. & Mizut., the two genera of the archaic liverwort class Treubiopsida (Hepaticophytina). Studies in austral temperate rain forest bryophytes 19. Nova Hedwigia 75: 91-100.
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Stech M., Pfeiffer T., Frey W. 2002. Molecular generic classification of the Hypopterygiaceae (Bryopsida), with the description of a new genus, Arbusculohypopterygium gen. nov. Studies in austral temperature rain forest bryophytes 10. New Zealand Journal of Botany 40: 207-221.
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2001

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Stech M, Frey W. 2001. CpDNA-relationship and classification of the liverworts (Hepaticophytina, Bryophyta). Nova Hedwigia 72: 45-58.

Stech M., Ros R.M., Werner O. 2001. The taxonomic status of Thamnobryum maderense (Kindb.) Hedenäs (Bryopsida) as inferred from molecular data. Nova Hedwigia 72: 251-257.

Stech M., Frahm J.-P. 2001. Palustriella pluristratosa spec. nov. (Amblystegiaceae, Bryopsida), a new aquatic moss species with pluristratose lamina from Switzerland. Botanica Helvetica 111: 139-150.

Stech M., Frahm J.-P. 2001. The systematic position of Ochyraea tatrensis (Hypnobartlettiaceae, Bryopsida) based on molecular data. Bryologist 104: 199-203.

2000

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Pfeiffer T., Kruijer H., Frey W., Stech M. 2000. Systematics of the Hypopterygium tamarisci complex (Hypopterygiaceae, Bryopsida): Implications of molecular and morphological data. Studies in austral temperate rain forest bryophytes 9. Journal of the Hattori Botanical Laboratory 89: 55-70.

Stech M., Frahm J.-P., Hilger H.H., Frey W. 2000. Molecular relationship of Treubia Goebel (Treubiaceae, Treubiopsida) and high taxonomic level classification of the Hepaticophytina. Studies in austral temperate rain forest bryophytes 6. Nova Hedwigia 71: 195-208.

Frahm J.P., Müller K., Stech M. 2000. The taxonomic status of Eurhynchium crassinervium from river banks based on ITS sequence data. Journal of Bryology 22: 291-292.

1999

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Stech M. 1999. A molecular systematic contribution to the position of Amphidium Schimp. (Rhabdoweisiaceae, Bryopsida). Nova Hedwigia 68: 291-300.

Frey W., Stech M., Meissner K. 1999. Chloroplast DNA-relationship in palaeoaustral Lopidium concinnum (Hypopterygiaceae, Musci). An example of stenoevolution in mosses - Studies in austral temperate rain forest bryophytes 2. Plant Systematics and Evolution 218: 67-75.

Stech M. 1999. Dichodontium palustre (Dicks.) Stech comb. nov., a new name for Dicranella palustris (Dicks.) Crundw. ex Warb. (Dicranaceae, Bryopsida). Nova Hedwigia 69: 237-240.

Stech M., Frahm J.-P. 1999. The status of Platyhypnidium mutatum Ochyra & Vanderpoorten and the systematic value of the Donrichardsiaceae based on molecular data. Journal of Bryology 21: 191-195.

1998

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Meissner K., Frahm J.-P., Stech M., Frey W. 1998. Molecular divergence patterns and infrageneric relationship of Monoclea (Monocleales, Hepaticae). Studies in austral temperate rain forest bryophytes 1. Nova Hedwigia 67: 289-302.

1997

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Capesius I., Stech M. 1997. Molecular relationships within mosses based on 18S rRNA gene sequences. Nova Hedwigia 64: 525-533.

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