Mark Mort

Mart Mort

Research Affiliate
785.864.5706
Haworth Hall

Dr. Mark Mort studies the evolutionary relationships of the angiosperm family Crassulaceae using DNA sequences from chloroplast and nuclear gene regions.

Research: 

Reconstructing the evolutionary relationships of the angiosperm family Crassulaceae using DNA sequences from chloroplast and nuclear gene regions.

Examining the patterns of physiological and morphological evolution of Aeonium on the Canary Islands. This ongoing project is in collaboration with Drs. Javier Francisco-Ortega (Florida International University) and Arnoldo Santos-Guerra (Botanical Garden of Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands).

Preliminary phylogenetic analyses of the South African members of Crassulaceae, focusing primarily on the evolution of the large, morphologically-diverse genus Crassula. This project will involve extensive fieldwork in South Africa in collaboration with Dr. Ernst van Jaarsveld (Kirstensbosch Botanical Garden), Gideon Smith and Priscilla Burgoyne of the Natioinal Botanical Institute of South Africa.

Publications: 

Soto-Trejo, F., J. K. Kelly, J. K. Archibald, M. E. Mort, A. Santos-Guerra, and D. J. Crawford. 2013. "The genetics of self-compatibility and associated floral characters in Tolpis (Asteraceae) in the Canary Islands" International Journal of Plant Sciences. 174. 171-178.

Toro-Nuñez, O., M. E. Mort, E. Ruiz-Ponce, and I. A. Al-Shehbaz. 2013. "Phylogenetic relationships of Mathewsia and Schizopetalon (Brassicaceae) inferred from nrDNA and cpDNA regions: taxonomic and evolutionary insights from an Atacama Desert endemic lineage" Taxon. 62. 434-356.

Maraner, F., R. Samuel, T. F. Stuessy, D. J. Crawford, J. V. Crisci, A. K. Pandey, and M. E. Mort. 2012. "Molecular phylogeny of Nassauvia (Asteraceae, Mutisieae) based on nrDNA ITS sequences" Plant Systematics and Evolution. 298. 399-408.

Mort, M. E., D. J. Crawford, J. K. Archibald, T. R. O'Leary, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2010. "Plant DNA barcoding: a test using Macaronesian taxa of Tolpis (Asteraceae)" Taxon. 59. 581-587.

Mort, M. E., T. R. O’Leary, P. Carillo-Reyes, T. Nowell, J. K. Archibald, and C. P. Randle. 2010. "Phylogeny and Evolution of Crassulaceae: past, present, and future" Biodiversity & Ecology. 3. 69-86.

Crawford, D. J., J. K. Archibald, J. K. Kelly, M. E. Mort, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2010. "Mixed mating system in obligately outcrossing Tolpis (Asteraceae) in the Canary Islands" Plant Species Biology. 25. 114-119.

Crawford, D. J., J. K. Archibald, M. E. Mort, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2009. "Pollen fertility of synthetic intra- and interspecific F1 hybrids in Canary Island Tolpis (Asteraceae)" Plant Systematics and Evolution. 279. 103-113.

Carrillo-Reyes, P., V. Sosa, and M. E. Mort. 2009. "Molecular phylogeny of the Acre clade (Crassulaceae): Dealing with the lack of definitions for Echeveria and Sedum" Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 53. 267-276.

Levsen, N. D. and M. E. Mort. 2009. "Inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) and morphological variation in the western North American range of Chrysosplenium tetrandrum (Saxifragaceae)" Botany. 87. 780-790.

Marriage, T. N., S. Hudman, M. E. Mort, M. E. Orive, R. G. Shaw, and J. K. Kelly. 2009. "Direct estimation of the mutation rate at dinucleotide microsatellite loci in Arabidopsis thaliana (Brassicaceae)" Heredity. 103. 310-317.

Crawford, D. J., M. Tadesse, M. E. Mort, R. T. Kimball, and C. P. Randle. 2009. "Coreopsideae" Systematics, Evolution and Biogeography of the Compositae. edited by Funk, V. A., A. Susanna, T. F. Stuessy, and R. J. Bayer. 713-727.

Mort, M. E., C. P. Randle, P. Burgoyne, G. Smith, E. Jaarsveld, and S. Hopper. 2009. "Analyses of cpDNA matK sequence data place Tillaea (Crassulaceae) within Crassula" Plant Systematics and Evolution. 283. 211-217.

Kim, S., M. R. McGowen, P. Lubinsky, J. C. Barber, M. E. Mort, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2008. "Timing and tempo of early and successive adaptive radiations in Macaronesia" PLoS ONE. 3(5). e2139.

Mort, M. E., C. P. Randle, R. T. Kimball, M. Tadesse, and D. J. Crawford. 2008. "Phylogeny of Coreopsideae (Asteraceae): Insights from nuclear and plastid Sequences" Taxon. 57. 109-120.

Alzate, F., M. E. Mort, and M. Ramirez. 2008. "Phylogenetic analyses of Bomarea (Alstroemeriaceae) based on combined analyses of nrDNA ITS, psbA-trnH, rpoB-trnC and matK sequences" Taxon. 57. 853-862.

Levsen, N. D., D. J. Crawford, J. K. Archibald, A. Santos-Guerra, and M. E. Mort. 2008. "Nei’s to Bayes’: comparing computational methods and genetic markers for estimating patterns of genetic variation in Tolpis (Asteraceae)" American Journal of Botany. 95. 1466-1474.

Levsen, N. D. and M. E. Mort. 2008. "Determining patterns of genetic diversity and post-glacial recolonization of western Canada in the Iowa golden saxifrage, Chrysosplenium iowense (Saxifragaceae), using inter-simple sequence repeats" Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 95. 815-823.

Crawford, D. J., J. K. Archibald, D. Stoermer, M. E. Mort, J. K. Kelly, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2008. "A test of Baker's Law: Breeding systems and the radiation of Tolpis (Asteraceae) in the Canary Islands" International Journal of Plant Sciences. 169(6). 782-791.

Carrillo-Reyes, P., V. Sosa, and M. E. Mort. 2008. "Thompsonella and the “Echeveria group” (Crassulaceae): phylogenetic relationships based on molecular and morphological characters" Taxon. 57. 863-874.

Mort, M. E., J. K. Archibald, C. P. Randle, N. D. Levsen, T. R. O'Leary, K. Topalov, C. M. Wiegand, and D. J. Crawford. 2007. "Utility of rapidly-evolving loci for inferring phylogeny at low taxonomic levels" American Journal of Botany. 94. 173-183.

Mort, M. E., D. E. Soltis, P. S. Soltis, J. Fransisco-Ortega, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2007. "Physiological evolution and association between physiology and growth form in Aeonium (Crassulaceae)" Taxon. 56. 453-464.