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Edited by Nan Li, Dennis Wm. Stevenson, and M. Patrick Griffith.
I. F. ecuadorensis - taxonomic treatment. Especially diverse in the Andes, F. ecuadorensis is one of the largest genera of grammitid ferns in the Neotropics. It is represented by 49 species, which grow primarily as epiphytes in tropical forests at high elevations. / II. Melpomene - systematic revision. Twenty-nine neotropical species and 10 varieties are recognized. Occurring at 400-5200m elevation in varied habitats, distribution is Mesoamerica, the Caribbean, and tropical South America, with one disjunction to Africa, Madagascar, and the Mascarenes. / III. Alansmia - taxonomic monograph. Twenty-five species and 2 varieties of this primarily neotropical, epiphytic genus are presented. Occurrence is predominantly in montane forests but also lowland forests and páramos.
Paulo Henrique Labiak Evangelista was born on July 5, 1972 in Campo Mourao, Parana, Brazil. He studied biology at the Universidade Federal do Parana (1990-1994), where he also obtained his M ~S in 1996, with a study of epiphytic ferns of the Atlantic Rain Forest of southern Brazil. For his Ph.D thesis, under the guidance of Dr. Jefferson Prado at the University of Sao Paulo, he produced a taxonomic treatment for the species of Grammitid ferns of Brazil, which was defended in 2001. From September 1999 to April 2000, he studied at The ew York Botanical Garden as an Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellow, under the guidance of Dr. Robbin C. Moran. From October 2001 to May 2002, he worked as an assistant curator at the Hatshchbach Herbarium (MBM) in Curitiba. He currently holds a position of Professor of Botany at the Universidade Federal do Parana, Curitiba, and he is also an honorary research associate at The New York Botanical Garden. Field work on ferns has taken him to many countries in South and Central America and to most of the states in Brazil. His interests center on the taxonomy and phylogeny of ferns , especially in the families Anemiaceae, Polypodiaceae, and Dryopteridaceae. Paulo H. Labiak Evangelista's Author Page
Michael Kessler was born in Lima, Peru, and developed a love for the Andes and their nature at an early age. He studied biology at the University of G6ttingen, Germany, where he obtained his diploma in 1993 and his Ph.D. degree in 1995, both on the systematics, ecology and biogeography of the high-Andean tree genus Polylepis (Rosaceae). Since then, he has worked mainly on spatiarpatterns of diversity in montane forests, both in the Andes and in Costa Rica, Mexico, Africa, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Although he studies a wide range of plant and animal groups, his main focus is on the ferns because of their large but manageable species number, worldwide distribution, and beauty. He is currently the scientific curator of the botanical garden at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where he also teaches and conducts research. Michael Kessler's Author Page
Ana Moguel Velazquez is native to Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. She studied biology at the University of G6ttingen, Germany, where she wrote her diploma thesis on the species of Alansmia in 2004, which forms the basis of the present monograph. She since has returned to Chiapas. Ana Moguel Velazquez's Author Page
Marcus Lehnert was born on 1 October 1975 in Neutstadt/Ostholstein, Germany. He attended Gottingen University, where he received his Diplom (M.S. equivalent) in 2002 and his Ph.D. in 2007. His research was based first at the Albrecht-von-Haller Institute for Plant Sciences, Gottingen (2000-2007), with interludes at the Instituto de Ecologfa, Universidad Mayor de San Andres, La Paz, Bolivia (2002-2003) and the University of California, Berkeley (2006-2007). Since 2008, he has been employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Botany Department of the State Museum for Natural History in Stuttgart. His research interest focuses on the taxonomy, phylogeny, and floristics of ferns but also includes mycorrhiza, general iogeography, and the systematics of several angiosperm families. For his fieldwork, he has visited Puerto Rico, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, and several times Ecuador and Bolivia. Marcus Lehnert is currently working on a large- scale project focusing on the use of DNA barcoding for the rapid assessment of biodiversity (Accelaration of Biodiversity Assessment-ABA Ecuador). He has contributed his axonomical expertise on neotropical scaly tree ferns (Cyatheaceae) to floral projects like "Catalogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Cono Sur" and "Ferns of Bolivia." Marcus Lehnert's Author Page