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OnsteinR.E. , Baker,W.J., Couvreur, T.L.P. , Faurby, S. , Herrera-Alsina, L., Svenning, J.-C. & Kissling, W.D. (in press). “To adapt or go extinct? The fate of megafaunal palm fruits under past global change”. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.


OnsteinR.E. , Baker,W.J., Couvreur, T.L.P. , Faurby, S. , Svenning, J.-C. & Kissling, W.D. (2017). “Frugivory-related traits promote speciation of tropical palms”. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1:1903–1911. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0348-7

Barratt, C.D., Bwong, B.A., Onstein, R.E., Rosauer, D.F., Menegon, M., Doggart, N., Nagel, P., Kissling, W.D., Loader, S.P. (2017). “Environmental correlates of phylogenetic endemism in amphibians and the conservation of refugia in the coastal forests of Eastern Africa.” Diversity and Distributions 23 (8): 875–887. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12582


Onstein, R.E., Jordan, G.J., Sauquet, H., Weston, P.H., Bouchenak-Khelladi, Y., Carpenter, R.J., Linder, H.P. (2016). “Evolutionary radiations of Proteaceae are triggered by the interaction between traits and climates in open habitats.” Global Ecology and Biogeography 25 (10):1239–1251. doi: 10.1111/geb.12481

Xing, Y., Gandolfo, M.A., Onstein, R.E., Cantrill, D.J., Jacobs, B.F.,  Jordan, G.J., Lee, D.E., Popova, S., Srivastava, R., Su, T., Vikulin, S.V., Yabe, A., Linder, H.P. (2016).“Testing the biases in the rich Cenozoic angiosperm macrofossil record”. International Journal of Plant Sciences 177 (4):371-388.  doi: 10.1086/685388

Onstein, R.E., Linder, H.P. (2016). “Beyond climate: convergence in fast evolving sclerophylls in Cape and Australian Rhamnaceae predates the mediterranean climate.” Journal of Ecology 104:665-677. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12538


Onstein, R.E.*,  Bouchenak-Khelladi, Y.*, Xing, Y., Schwery, O., Linder, H.P. (2015). “On the complexity of triggering evolutionary radiations”. New Phytologist 207: 313-326. doi: 10.1111/nph.13331. *authors contributed equally

Schwery, O., Onstein, R.E., Bouchenak-Khelladi, Y., Xing, Y., Carter, R., Linder, H.P. (2015). “As old as the mountains: the radiations of the Ericaceae”. New Phytologist 207: 355-367. doi: 10.1111/nph.13234.

Breitkopf, H., Onstein, R.E., Cafasso, D., Schlüter, P.M., Cozzolino, S. (2015). “Multiple shifts to different pollinators fuelled rapid diversification in sexually deceptive Ophrys orchids”. New Phytologist. 207: 377-389. doi: 10.1111/nph.13219.

Onstein, R.E., Carter, R.J., Xing, Y., Richardson, J., Linder, H.P. (2015). “Do Mediterranean-type ecosystems have a common history? – Insights from the Buckthorn family (Rhamnaceae)”. Evolution 69:756-771. doi: 10.1111/evo.12605.

Van Velzen, R, Wahlert, G.A., Sosef, M.S.M, Onstein, R.E., Bakker, F.T. (2015). “Phylogenetics of Rinorea (Violaceae); elucidating infrageneric relationships using plastid and nuclear DNA sequences”. Systematic Botany 40:174-184. doi: 10.1600/036364415X686486.


Onstein, R.E., Carter, R.J., Xing, Y., Linder, H.P. (2014). “Diversification rate shifts in the Cape Floristic Region: the right traits in the right place at the right time.” Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 16:331-340. doi:10.1016/j.ppees.2014.08.002.

Xing, Y, Onstein, R.E., Carter, R.J., Stadler, T., Linder, H.P. (2014). “Fossils and a large molecular phylogeny show that the evolution of species richness, generic diversity and turn-over rates are disconnected.” Evolution 68:2821-2932. doi: 10.1111/evo.12489.

Book chapters/Theses:

Ackerly, D, Onstein, RE (2018). “Assembly of mediterranean-type floras – convergence, exaptation and evolutionary predisposition”, eds. Esler, K, Pratt, B and Jacobsen, A in “The Biology of Mediterranean Type Ecosystems Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Onstein, RE (2015). “The role of plant functional traits in Cenozoic angiosperm radiations.” PhD thesis. Institute for systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Zurich.