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Nyman, T., Onstein, R.E., Silvestro, D., Wutke, S., Taeger, A., Wahlberg, N., Blank, S.M., Malm, T. (in press) Early wasp plucks the flower: disparate extant diversity of sawfly superfamilies (Hymenoptera: ‘Symphyta’) may reflect asynchronous switching to angiosperm hosts. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.

Flantua, S.G.A., O’dea, A., Onstein, R.E., Hooghiemstra, H. (in press) The flickering connectivity system of the north Andean páramos. Journal of Biogeography.

Onstein, R.E.Kissling, W.D.Chatrou, L.W.Couvreur, T.L.P.Morlon, H.Sauquet, H. (in press) Which frugivory‐related traits facilitated historical long‐distance dispersal in the custard apple family (Annonaceae)? Journal of Biogeography. [ABSTRACT] [DATA] [PRESS RELEASE]


Barratt, C.D., Bwong, B.A., Jehle, R., Liedtke, H.C., Nagel, P., Onstein, R.E., Portik, D.M., Streicher, J.W., Loader, S.P. (2018) “Vanishing refuge? Testing the forest refuge hypothesis in coastal East Africa using genome‐wide sequence data for seven amphibians.” Molecular Ecology 27: 4289-4308. [ABSTRACT] [PRESS RELEASE]

Zhang, Q., Onstein, R.E., Little, S., Sauquet, H. (2018). “Estimating divergence times and ancestral breeding systems in Ficus and Moraceae”. Annals of Botany 123(1): 191-204 [ABSTRACT]

Onstein, R.E. , Baker,W.J., Couvreur, T.L.P. , Faurby, S., Herrera-Alsina, L., Svenning, J.-C. & Kissling, W.D. (2018). “To adapt or go extinct? The fate of megafaunal palm fruits under past global change”. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20180882. [ABSTRACT] [PRESS RELEASE]


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. [ABSTRACT] [DATA & CODE] [PRESS RELEASE] [BLOG]

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. [ABSTRACT]


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. [ABSTRACT]

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.  [ABSTRACT]

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. [ABSTRACT]


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. [ASBTRACT] *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. [ABSTRACT]

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. [ABSTRACT]

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. [ABSTRACT]

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. [ABSTRACT]


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. [ABSTRACT]

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. [ABSTRACT]

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.