College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mark Eugene Mort

Research Centers - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, KU Biodiversity Institute
Associate Professor/Associate Curator
Primary office:
785-864-5706
Haworth Hall
University of Kansas
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534


Summary

Dr. Mark Mort studies the evolutionary relationships of the angiosperm family Crassulaceae using DNA sequences from chloroplast and nuclear gene regions.

Research

Reconstructing the evolutionary relationships of the angiosperm family Crassulaceae using DNA sequences from chloroplast and nuclear gene regions.

Examining the patterns of physiological and morphological evolution of Aeonium on the Canary Islands. This ongoing project is in collaboration with Drs. Javier Francisco-Ortega (Florida International University) and Arnoldo Santos-Guerra (Botanical Garden of Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands).

Preliminary phylogenetic analyses of the South African members of Crassulaceae, focusing primarily on the evolution of the large, morphologically-diverse genus Crassula. This project will involve extensive fieldwork in South Africa in collaboration with Dr. Ernst van Jaarsveld (Kirstensbosch Botanical Garden), Gideon Smith and Priscilla Burgoyne of the Natioinal Botanical Institute of South Africa.

Research Interests

  • Angiosperm phylogenetics
  • Island evolution
  • Physiological evolution
  • Systematic methods
  • Crassulaceae
  • Asteraceae
  • Biogeography

Selected Publications

Crawford, D. J., Anderson, G. J., Borges Silva, L. Kelly, J. K., Menezes de Sequeira, M. Mort, M. E., Moura, M. & Santos-Guerra, A. (2015). Breeding Systems in Tolpis (Asteraceae) in the Macaronesian Islands: the Azores, Madeira, and the Canaries. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 308, 1981-1993.

Mort, M. E., Crawford, D. J., Kelly, J. K., Santos-Guerra, A. Menezes de Sequeira, M. Moura, M. & Caujape-Castells, J. (2015). Multiplexed-shotgun-genotyping data resolve phylogeny within a very recently-derived insular lineage. American Journal of Botany, 102, 634-641.

Toro-N├║├▒ez, O. Mort, M. E., & Al-Shehbaz, I. A. (2015). Phylogenetic study with nuclear and chloroplast data and ecological niche reveals Atacama (Brassicaceae), a new monotypic genus endemic from the Andes of the Atacama Desert, Chile. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 301, 1377-1396.

Crawford, D. J., Tadesse, M. Kimball, R. T., Carrillo-Reyes, P. Sánchez-Vega, I. & Mort, M. E. (2014). Coreopsis section Pseudoagarista (Asteraceae: Coreopsideae): Molecular Phylogeny, Chromosome Numbers, and Comments on Taxonomy and Distribution. Taxon, 63, 1092-1102.

Crawford, D. J., Tadesse, M. Kimball, R. T., Carrillo-Reyes, P. Sanchez-Vega, I. E., & Mort, M. E. (2014). Coreopsis sect. Pseudoagarista (Asteraceae: Coreopsideae): Molecular phylogeny, chromosome numbers, and comments on taxonomy and distribution. Taxon, 63, 1092-1102.

Toro Nunez, O. Al-Shabaz, I. & Mort, M. E. (2014). Phylogenetic study with nuclear and chloroplast data and ecological niche reveals Atacama (Brassicaceae), a new monotypic genus endemic from the Andes of the Atacama Desert, Chile. DOI:10.1007/s00606-014-1157-y

Lira-Noriega, A. Toro-N├║├▒ez, O. Oaks, J. R., & Mort, M. E. (2014). The roles of history and ecology in chloroplast phylogeographic patterns of the bird-dispersed plant parasite Phoradendron californicum Nutt. (Viscaceae) in the Sonoran Desert. American Journal of Botany.

Lira-Noriega, A. Toro-N├║├▒ez, O. Oaks, J. R., & Mort, M. E. (2014). The roles of history and ecology in chloroplast phylogeographic patterns of the vector-borne plant parasite Phoradendron californicum Nutt. (Viscaceae) in the Sonoran Desert. American Journal of Botany.

Crawford, D. J., Mort, M. E., & Archibald, J. K. (2013). Tolpis santosii (Asteraceae: Cichorieae), a New Species from La Palma, The Canary Islands. Vieraea, 41, 163-169.

Subramaniam, S. Pandey, A. K., Geeta, R. & Mort, M. E. (2013). Molecular systematics of Indian Crotalaria (Fabaceae) based on analyses of nuclear ribosomal ITS DNA sequences
. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 299(6), 1089-1106. DOI:10.1007/S00606-013-0781-2

Soltis, D. E., Mort, M. E., Latvis, M. Mavrodiev, E. V., O'Meara, B. C., Soltis, P. S., Burleigh, J. G., & Rubio de Casas, R. (2013). Phylogenetic Relationships and Character Evolution Analysis of Saxifragales Using a Supermatrix Approach. American Journal of Botany, 100, 916-929.

Toro-Nu├▒ez, O. Mort, M. E., Ruiz-Ponce, E. & Al-Shehbaz, I. A. (2013). Phylogenetic relationships of Mathewsia and Schizopetalon (Brassicaceae) inferred from nrDNA and cpDNA regions: taxonomic and evolutionary insights from an Atacama Desert endemic lineage. Taxon, 62, 434-356.

Soto-Trejo, F. Kelly, J. K., Archibald, J. K., Mort, M. E., Santos-Guerra, A. & Crawford, D. J. (2013). The genetics of self-compatibility and associated floral characters in Tolpis (Asteraceae) in the Canary Islands. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 174, 171-178.

Maraner, F. Samuel, R. Stuessy, T. F., Crawford, D. J., Crisci, J. V., Pandey, A. K., & Mort, M. E. (2012). Molecular phylogeny of Nassauvia (Asteraceae, Mutisieae) based on nrDNA ITS sequences. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 298, 399-408.

Mort, M. E., OΓÇÖLeary, T. R., Carillo-Reyes, P. Nowell, T. Archibald, J. K., & Randle, C. P. (2010). Phylogeny and Evolution of Crassulaceae: past, present, and future. In . (Ed.), Biodiversity & Ecology (Vol. 3, pp. 69-86).

Crawford, D. J., Archibald, J. K., Kelly, J. K., Mort, M. E., & Santos-Guerra, A. (2010). Mixed mating systems in self-compatible plants. Plant Species Biology , 25, 114-119.

Mort, M. E., Crawford, D. J., Archibald, J. K., O'Leary, T. R., & Santos-Guerra, A. (2010). Plant DNA barcoding: a test using Macaronesian taxa of Tolpis (Asteraceae). Taxon, 59, 581-587.

Funk, V. & Mort, M. (2009). Compositae metatrees: the next generation. In V. A. Funk, A. Susanna, T. F. Stuessy, & R. J. Bayer (Eds.), Systematics, Evolution and Biogeography of the Compositae (pp. 747-777). Vienna: International Organization of Plant Taxonomy.

Crawford, D. J., Tadesse, M. Mort, M. E., Kimball, R. T., & Randle, C. P. (2009). Coreopsideae. In V. A. Funk, A. Susanna, T. F. Stuessy, & R. J. Bayer (Eds.), Systematics, Evolution and Biogeography of the Compositae (pp. 713-727). Vienna: International Organization of Plant Taxonomy.

Mort, M. E., Randle, C. P., Burgoyne, P. Smith, G. Jaarsveld, E. & Hopper, S. (2009). Analyses of cpDNA matK sequence data place Tillaea (Crassulaceae) within Crassula. Plant Systematics and Evolution , 283, 211-217.

Marriage, T. N., Hudman, S. Mort, M. E., Orive, M. E., Shaw, R. G., & Kelly, J. K. (2009). Direct estimation of mutation rate at dinucleotide microsatellite loci in Arabidopsis thaliana (Brassicaeae). Heredity, 103, 310-317.

Levsen, N. D., & Mort, M. E. (2009). Inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) and morphological variation in the western North American range of Chrysosplenium tetrandrum (Saxifragaceae). Botany, 87, 780-790.

Carrillo-Reyes, P. Sosa, V. & Mort, M. E. (2009). Molecular phylogeny of the Acre clade (Crassulaceae): Dealing with the lack of definitions for Echeveria and Sedum. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution , 53, 267-276.

Crawford, D. J., Archibald, J. K., Mort, M. E., & Santos-Guerra, A. (2009). Pollen fertility of synthetic intra- and interspecific F1 hybrids in Canary Island Tolpis (Asteraceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution , 279, 103-113.

Carrillo-Reyes, P. Sosa, V. & Mort, M. E. (2008). Thompsonella and the ΓÇ£Echeveria groupΓÇ¥ (Crassulaceae): phylogenetic relationships based on molecular and morphological characters. Taxon, 57, 863-874.

Crawford, D. J., Archibald, J. K., Stoermer, D. Mort, M. E., Kelly, J. K., & Santos-Guerra, A. (2008). A test of BakerΓÇÖs law: the radiation of Tolpis (Asteraceae) in the Canary Islands. International Journal of Plant Sciences , 169, 782-791.

Levsen, N. D., & Mort, M. E. (2008). Determining patterns of genetic diversity and post-glacial recolonization of western Canada in the Iowa golden saxifrage, Chrysosplenium iowense (Saxifragaceae), using inter-simple sequence repeats. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 95, 815-823.

Levsen, N. D., Crawford, D. J., Archibald, J. K., Santos-Guerra, A. & Mort, M. E. (2008). NeiΓÇÖs to BayesΓÇÖ: comparing computational methods and genetic markers for estimating patterns of genetic variation in Tolpis (Asteraceae). American Journal of Botany, 95, 1466-1474.

Alzate, F. Mort, M. E., & Ramirez, M. (2008). Phylogenetic analyses of Bomarea (Alstroemeriaceae) based on combined analyses of nrDNA ITS, psbA-trnH, rpoB-trnC and matK sequences. Taxon, 57, 853-862.

Mort, M. E., Randle, C. P., Kimball, R. T., Tadesse, M. & Crawford, D. J. (2008). Phylogeny of Coreopsideae (Asteraceae): Insights from nuclear and plastid Sequences. Taxon, 57, 109-120.

Kim, S. McGowen, M. R., Lubinsky, P. Barber, J. C., Mort, M. E., & Santos-Guerra, A. (2008). Timing and tempo of early and successive adaptive radiations in Macaronesia. PLoS ONE, 3(5), e2139. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0002139

Mort, M. E., Soltis, D. E., Soltis, P. S., Fransisco-Ortega, J. & Santos-Guerra, A. (2007). Physiological evolution and association between physiology and growth form in Aeonium (Crassulaceae)
. Taxon, 56, 453-464.

Mort, M. E., Archibald, J. K., Randle, C. P., Levsen, N. D., O'Leary, T. R., Topalov, K. Wiegand, C. M., & Crawford, D. J. (2007). Utility of rapidly-evolving loci for inferring phylogeny at low taxonomic levels. American Journal of Botany , 94, 173-183.

Crawford, D. J., Archibald, J. K., Mort, M. E., & Santos-Guerra, A. (2006). Allozyme variation within and divergence among species of Tolpis (Asteraceae-Lactuceae) in the Canary Islands: Systematic, evolutionary and biogeographical implications. American Journal of Botany, 93, 656-664.

Archibald, J. K., Mort, M. E., Crawford, D. J., & Santos-Guerra, A. (2006). Evolutionary Relationships within Recently Radiated Taxa: Comments on Methodology and Analysis of Inter-Simple Sequence Repeat Data
. Taxon, 55, 747-756.

Archibald, J. K., Crawford, D. J., Santos-Guerra, A. & Mort, M. E. (2006). The utility of automated analysis of inter-simple sequence repeat loci (ISSR) for resolving relationships in the Canary Island species of Tolpis (Asteraceae). American Journal of Botany, 93, 1154-1162.

Randle, C. P., Mort, M. E., & Crawford, D. (2005). Bayesian inference in systematics revisited: comments and concerns
. Taxon, 54, 9-15.

Crawford, D. J., Mort, M. E., & Archibald, J. K. (2005). Biosystematics, chromosomes
and molecular data: melding the old and the new
. Taxon , 54, 285-289.

Archibald, J. K., Mort, M. E., Crawford, D. J., & Kelly, J. K. (2005). Life history affects the evolution of reproductive isolation among species of Coreopsis (Asteraceae). Evolution, 59, 2362-2369.

Archibald, J. K., Mort, M. E., & Wolfe, A. D. (2005). Phylogenetic relationships within
Zaluzianskya (Scrophulariaceae s.s., tribe Manuleeae): classification based on DNA sequences from multiple genomes and implications for character evolution and biogeography
. Systematic Botany , 30, 196-215.

Mort, M. E., Levsen, N. Randle, C. Palmer, A. & Jaarsveld, E. (2005). Phylogenetics and diversification of Cotyledon (Crassulaceae) inferred from nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequence data
. American Journal of Botany , 92, 1170-1176.

Crawford, D. J., & Mort, M. E. (2005). Phylogeny of the eastern North American
Coreopsis (Asteraceae-Coreopsideae): insights from the nuclear and plastid sequences, and comments on character evolution. American Journal of Botany , 92, 330-336.

Mort, M. E., & Mori, S. A. (2004). Crassulaceae (Stonecrop family). In N. Smith, S. Mori, A. Henderson, D. Stephenson, & S. Heald (Eds.), Flowering Plants of the Neotropics (pp. 118-120 ). Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Fairfield, K. N., Mort, M. E., & Santos-Guerra, A. (2004). Phylogenetics and evolution of the Macaronesian endemic Aichryson (Crassulaceae) inferred from nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequence data
. Plant Systematics and Evolution , 248, 71-83.

Mort, M. E., Crawford, D. J., & Fairfield, K. N. (2004). Phylogeny and character evolution in California Coreopsis (Asteraceae): Insights from morphology and from sequences of the nuclear and plastid genomes. Systematic Botany , 29, 781-789.

Crawford, D. J., & Mort, M. E. (2004). Single-locus molecular markers for inferring
relationships at lower taxonomic levels: observations and comments. Taxon, 53, 631-635.

Mort, M. E., & Crawford, D. J. (2004). The continuing search: low-copy nuclear sequences for lower-level plant molecular phylogenetic studies. Taxon, 53, 257-261.

Archibald, J. K., Mort, M. E., & Crawford, D. J. (2003). Bayesian inference of
phylogeny: a non-technical primer
. Taxon, 52, 187-191.

Crawford, D. J., & Mort, M. E. (2003). New trends in plant systematics. Taxon, 52, 3- 10.

Crawford, D. J., & Mort, M. E. (2003). Polyploidy: some things old to go with the new. Taxon, 52, 411-413.

Mort, M. E., Crawford, D. J., Santos-Guerra, A. Fransisco-Ortega, J. Esselman, E. J., & Wolfe, A. (2003). Relationships among the Macaronesian members of Tolpis (Asteraceae: Lactuaceae) based upon analyses of intersimple sequence repeat (ISSR) markers
. Taxon, 52, 511-518.

Mort, M. E., Soltis, D. E., Soltis, P. S., Fransisco-Ortega, J. & Santos-Guerra, A. (2002). Phylogenetics and Evolution of the Macaronesian Clade (Crassulaceae) inferred from nuclear and chloroplast sequence data
. Systematic Botany, 27, 271-288.

Soltis, D. E., Kuzoff, R. K., Mort, M. E., Zanis, M. Fishbein, M. Hufford, L. Koontz, J. & Arroyo, M. K. (2001). Elucidating deep-level phylogenetic relationships in
Saxifragaceae using sequences for six chloroplastic and nuclear DNA regions. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden , 88, 669-693.

Mort, M. E., Soltis, D. E., Soltis, P. S., Fransisco-Ortega, J. & Santos-Guerra, A. (2001). Phylogenetic relationships and evolution of Crassulaceae based on matK sequences
. American Journal of Botany, 88, 76-91.

Mort, M. E., Soltis, P. S., Soltis, D. E., & Mabry, M. L. (2000). Empirical comparison of three methods of estimating internal support of phylogenetic trees
. Systematic Biology, 49, 160-171.

Soltis, D. E., Soltis, P. S., Chase, M. W., & Mort, M. E. (2000). Phylogenetics of seed plants based on phylogenetic analyses of three molecular data sets
. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, London, 133, 381-461.

Mort, M. E., & Soltis, D. E. (1999). Phylogenetic relationships and the evolution of
ovary position in Saxifraga section Micranthes
. Systematic Botany , 24, 139-147.

Soltis, D. E., Mort, M. E., Soltis, P. S., Hibsch-Jetter, C. Zimmer, E. & Morgan, D. R. (1999). Phylogenetic relationships in the enigmatic angiosperm family Podostemaceae
. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution , 11, 261-272.

Soltis, D. E., Soltis, P. S., Chase, M. W., Mort, M. E., Savolainen, V. Hoot, S. B., & Morton, C. M. (1998). Inferring phylogenies: an empirical approach using three large DNA data sets for angiosperms. Systematic Biology , 47, 32-42.

Sanderson, S. L., Mort, M. E., & Cech, J. J. (1998). Particle retention by non-suspension
feeding cyprinid fishes
. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science , 55, 861-868.

Mort, M. E. (1994). Floristics study and vegetational analysis of the Tar Bay and Powel Creek watersheds, Prince George County, Virginia. Williamsburg, VA: College of William and Mary.

Simmons, T. W., Mort, M. E., Ballatori, N. & Boyer, J. L. (1993). Polarity of volume activate taurine efflux in isolated perfused livers of Raja erinacea
. M.D.I.B.L. Bulletin, 32, 54-56.


 
 
 






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