Campanulids is a large clade of eudicot angiosperms. Among the most recognised members are the daisy and carrot families. I have been involved in studies that have examined the clade as a whole as well as several of its sub-clades.

One focus has been Viburnum. Analyses of chloroplast, nrITS, and low copy nuclear loci highlight complex diversification patterns. Specifically, reticulate evolution, multiple colonisations of the New World and multiple origins of several morphological characters. Our other studies have looked at relationships among the major Dipsacales and campanulid groups. In both analyses different functional gene classes suggest different topologies and these differences may help explain why these relationships have been difficult to resolve.

This work was part of a post-doc with Prof. Michael Donoghue.