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Ivania Ceron

Ivania Ceron


Ivania Cerón Souza
Postdoctoral Fellow - Naos
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Apartado 0843-03092
Panama, República de Panama
Tel: +(507) 212 8838
Fax: +(507) 212 8790

My current research work is focused into understand how distinctive red mangrove species  (i.e. Rhizophora mangle and R. racemosa) are genetically identifiable and coexist in sympatry in spite of evidence of ancient and ongoing introgressive hybridization between them. It has been hypothesized that R. racemosa is less tolerant to high salinity compared with R. mangle and that this eco-physiological difference could explain how these species maintain their morphological and genetic distinctiveness in a hybrid zone. Currently, I am testing this hypothesis using a combination of genetic, environmental and eco-physiological information at broad and small scales, covering the geographic distribution of Rhizophora in the Neotropics.

Here are my referefences

Cerón-Souza, I., E. Rivera-Ocasio, E. Medina, J. A. Jimenez, W. O. McMillan, and E. Bermingham. 2010. Hybridization and introgression in New World red mangroves, Rhizophora (Rhizophoraceae). American Journal of Botany 97:945-957.

Cerón-Souza, I., E. Rivera-Ocasio, S. M. Funk, and W. O. McMillan. 2006. Development of six microsatellite loci for black mangrove (Avicennia germinans). Molecular Ecology Notes 6:692-694.

Cerón-Souza, I., N. Toro-Perea, and H. Cárdenas-Henao. 2005. Population genetic structure of Neotropical mangrove species on the Colombian Pacific coast: Avicennia germinans (Avicenniaceae). Biotropica 37:258-265. 


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