This book presents a synthesis of critical new information for the Melastomataceae, one of the ten richest families among flowering plants with over 5,800 species that has its diversity highly concentrated in tropical or subtropical areas. It describes the family’s global diversity and distribution and summarizes recent advances in systematics, evolution, biogeography, reproductive biology and ecology.
Renato Goldenberg is a full professor (“Professor Titular”) at the Botany Department at the Universidade Federal do Paraná, in Curitiba, Brazil. He studied Agronomy at the Universidade de São Paulo, then got both his master's and PhD in Vegetal Biology at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, with a short internship at the National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, DC. He spent two sabbatical periods in the US, working at the New Your Botanical Garden and, again, at the National Museum of Natural History. Nowadays he teaches mostly plant systematics and field botany for undergrads, and also in the botany / vegetal biology graduate programs at his home institution and also at UNICAMP. His research focuses on taxonomy, systematics and any other topic related to Melastomataceae. He is currently a section editor for Phytotaxa and the Brazilian Journal of Botany, and receives a productivity research grant from CNPq (Brazil).
Fabián A. Michelangeli is the Abess Curator of Tropical Botany at the Institute of Systematic Botany of the New York Botanical Garden. He studied Biology in his native Caracas at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and obtained a PhD in Plant Sciences from Cornell University. His research focuses on the systematics, taxonomy and evolution of tropical plants, especially on the family Melastomataceae. He also teaches in the graduate program in Biology at the City University of New York and Forestry and Environmental Sciences at Yale University. He has been an Associate Editor of Brittonia since 2004.
Frank Almeda is Curator Emeritus of Botany in the Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) where he also served two terms as Director of Research. He did his undergraduate work in Botany and Bacteriology at the University of South Florida (Tampa) and then earned a PhD in Plant Sciences at Duke University. His research focuses on the Systematics and evolution of tropical vascular plants with a special emphasis on Melastomataceae and Symplocaceae. Before his official retirement, he was also a Research Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University (SFSU) where he served as a major professor to numerous graduate students in the SFSU/CAS joint training program, an activity that he continues. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Harvard Papers in Botany.