Dr. Thelma Barbará

Lab Manager and Research Assistant

e-mail: thelma.barbara[@]univie.ac.at
phone: +43 664 817 6677
address: Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research
University of Vienna, Faculty of Life Sciences
Rennweg 14, Room 209
A-1030 Vienna, Austria

Short CV

2016 - present Part time Research Assistant / Lab Manager. University of Vienna. Vienna, Austria 

2012 - 2015 Part time Research Assistant / Lab Manager. University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland.

2012 "Motherhood project"

2008 - 2011 Post Doc. University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland.

2004 - 2008 PhD in Life and Biomolecular Sciences. Open University - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. UK.

2000 - 2003 Master in Ecology Evolution and Behaviour.  Indiana University. IN, USA.

1997 - 2000 Conservation Biologist at Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



Lexer C, Marthaler F, Humbert S, Barbará T, de la Harpe M, Bossolini E, Paris M, Martinelli G & Versieux LM (2016). Gene flow and diversification in a species complex of Alcantarea inselberg bromeliads. Bot J. Linnean Society 181:505-520.

Caseys C, Stölting KN, Barbará T, González-Martínez SC & Lexer C (2015) Patterns of genetic diversity and differentiation in resistance gene clusters of two hybridizing European Populus species. Tree Genetics & Genomes 11:1-12

Jovita C. Yesilyurt, Thelma Barbará, Harald Schneider, Stephen Russell, Alastair Culham and Mary Gibby (2015) Identifying the generic limits of the Cheilanthoid genus Doryopteris. Phytotaxa 221:101-122

Versieux LM, Barbará T, Wanderley Md, Calvente A, Fay MF &  Lexer C (2012) Molecular phylogenetics of the Brazilian giant bromeliads (Alcantarea, Bromeliaceae): implications for morphological evolution and biogeography. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64:177-189

Lindtke D, Buerkle CA, Barbará T, Heinze B, Castiglione S, Bartha D, and Lexer C (2012) Recombinant hybrids retain heterozygosity at many loci: new insights into the genomics of reproductive isolation in Populus. Molecular Ecology 21:5042-5058

Macaya-Sanz D, Suter L, Joseph J, Barbará T, Alba N, Gonzalez-Martínez SC, Widmer A, Lexer C (2011) Genetic analysis of post-mating reproductive barriers in hybridizing European Populus species. Heredity 107:478–486

Palma-Silva C, Wendt T, Pinheiro F, Barbará T, Fay MF, Cozzolino S, Lexer C. (2011) Sympatric bromeliad species (Pitcairnia spp.) facilitate tests of mechanisms involved in species cohesion and reproductive isolation in Neotropical inselbergs. Molecular Ecology 20: 3185–3201.

Lexer C, Joseph JA, van Loo M, Barbará T, Heinze B, Bartha D, Castiglione S, Fay MF, Buerkle CA (2010) Genomic admixture analysis in European Populus spp. reveals unexpected patterns of reproductive isolation and mating. Genetics 186: 699-712

C Palma-Silva, C Lexer, GM Paggi, T Barbará, F Bered and MH Bodanese-Zanettini (2009) Range-wide patterns of nuclear and chloroplast DNA diversity in Vriesea gigantea (Bromeliaceae), a neotropical forest species. Heredity 103:503–512.

Barbará T, Martinelli G, Palma-Silva C, Fay MF, Mayo S, and Lexer C. (2009) Genetic relationships and variation in reproductive strategies in four closely related bromeliads adapted to neotropical ‘inselbergs’: Alcantarea glaziouana, A. regina, A. geniculata and A. imperialis (Bromeliaceae). Annals of Botany 103:65-77.

Barbará T, Lexer C, Martinelli G, Mayo S, Fay MF, and Heuertz M. (2008) Within-population spatial genetic structure in four naturally fragmented species of a neotropical inselberg radiation, Alcantarea imperialis, A. geniculata, A. glaziouana and A. regina (Bromeliaceae). Heredity 101:285-296.

Barbará T, Palma-Silva C, Paggi GM, Bered F, Fay MF, and Lexer C. (2007) Cross-species transfer of nuclear microsatellite markers: potential and limitations. Molecular Ecology 16:3759-3767.

Barbará T, Martinelli G, Fay MF, Mayo SJ, and Lexer C. (2007) Population differentiation and species cohesion in two closely related plants adapted to neotropical high-altitude ‘inselbergs’, Alcantarea imperialis and A. geniculata (Bromeliaceae). Molecular Ecology 16:1981-1992. (download PDF

Palma-Silva C, Cavallari MM, Barbará T, Lexer C, Gimenes MA, Bered F, and Zanettini MH (2007) A set of polymorphic microsatellite loci for Vriesea gigantea and Alcantarea imperialis (Bromeliaceae) and cross-amplification in other bromeliad species. Molecular Ecology Notes 7:654-657.

Lexer C, Van Loo M, and Barbará T. (2007) Towards forest community and ecosystem genomics. New Phytologist 173:673-676.

Non Scientific reading on Bromeliads

How can conservationists maintain genetic diversity among plants in fragmented habitats? Research into bromeliads in the forests of Brazil (Kew Magazine 2007)

The Bromeliads of the Atlantic Forest (Scientific American 2000)