Dr. Mark Mort

Mark Mort

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Associate Curator, Biodiversity Institute
785-864-5706
Haworth Hall

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

Area of Interest and 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.

Selected Publications

  • Soto-Trejo, F., J. K. Kelly, J. K. Archibald, M. E. Mort, A. Santos-Guerra, and D. J. Crawford. 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.
  • Toro-Nuñez, O., M. E. Mort, E. Ruiz-Ponce, and I. A. Al-Shehbaz. 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.
  • Maraner, F., R. Samuel, T. F. Stuessy, D. J. Crawford, J. V. Crisci, A. K. Pandey, and M. E. Mort. 2012. "Molecular phylogeny of Nassauvia (Asteraceae, Mutisieae) based on nrDNA ITS sequences" Plant Systematics and Evolution. 298. 399-408.
  • Mort, M. E., D. J. Crawford, J. K. Archibald, T. R. O'Leary, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2010. "Plant DNA barcoding: a test using Macaronesian taxa of Tolpis (Asteraceae)" Taxon. 59. 581-587.
  • Mort, M. E., T. R. O’Leary, P. Carillo-Reyes, T. Nowell, J. K. Archibald, and C. P. Randle. 2010. "Phylogeny and Evolution of Crassulaceae: past, present, and future" Biodiversity & Ecology. 3. 69-86.
  • Crawford, D. J., J. K. Archibald, J. K. Kelly, M. E. Mort, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2010. "Mixed mating system in obligately outcrossing Tolpis (Asteraceae) in the Canary Islands" Plant Species Biology. 25. 114-119.
  • Crawford, D. J., J. K. Archibald, M. E. Mort, and A. Santos-Guerra. 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., V. Sosa, and M. E. Mort. 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.
  • Levsen, N. D. and M. E. Mort. 2009. "Inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) and morphological variation in the western North American range of Chrysosplenium tetrandrum (Saxifragaceae)" Botany. 87. 780-790.
  • Marriage, T. N., S. Hudman, M. E. Mort, M. E. Orive, R. G. Shaw, and J. K. Kelly. 2009. "Direct estimation of the mutation rate at dinucleotide microsatellite loci in Arabidopsis thaliana (Brassicaceae)" Heredity. 103. 310-317.
  • Crawford, D. J., M. Tadesse, M. E. Mort, R. T. Kimball, and C. P. Randle. 2009. "Coreopsideae" Systematics, Evolution and Biogeography of the Compositae. edited by Funk, V. A., A. Susanna, T. F. Stuessy, and R. J. Bayer. 713-727.
  • Mort, M. E., C. P. Randle, P. Burgoyne, G. Smith, E. Jaarsveld, and S. Hopper. 2009. "Analyses of cpDNA matK sequence data place Tillaea (Crassulaceae) within Crassula" Plant Systematics and Evolution. 283. 211-217.
  • Kim, S., M. R. McGowen, P. Lubinsky, J. C. Barber, M. E. Mort, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2008. "Timing and tempo of early and successive adaptive radiations in Macaronesia" PLoS ONE. 3(5). e2139.
  • Mort, M. E., C. P. Randle, R. T. Kimball, M. Tadesse, and D. J. Crawford. 2008. "Phylogeny of Coreopsideae (Asteraceae): Insights from nuclear and plastid Sequences" Taxon. 57. 109-120.
  • Alzate, F., M. E. Mort, and M. Ramirez. 2008. "Phylogenetic analyses of Bomarea (Alstroemeriaceae) based on combined analyses of nrDNA ITS, psbA-trnH, rpoB-trnC and matK sequences" Taxon. 57. 853-862.
  • Levsen, N. D., D. J. Crawford, J. K. Archibald, A. Santos-Guerra, and M. E. Mort. 2008. "Nei’s to Bayes’: comparing computational methods and genetic markers for estimating patterns of genetic variation in Tolpis (Asteraceae)" American Journal of Botany. 95. 1466-1474.
  • Levsen, N. D. and M. E. Mort. 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.
  • Crawford, D. J., J. K. Archibald, D. Stoermer, M. E. Mort, J. K. Kelly, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2008. "A test of Baker's Law: Breeding systems and the radiation of Tolpis (Asteraceae) in the Canary Islands" International Journal of Plant Sciences. 169(6). 782-791.
  • Carrillo-Reyes, P., V. Sosa, and M. E. Mort. 2008. "Thompsonella and the “Echeveria group” (Crassulaceae): phylogenetic relationships based on molecular and morphological characters" Taxon. 57. 863-874.
  • Mort, M. E., J. K. Archibald, C. P. Randle, N. D. Levsen, T. R. O'Leary, K. Topalov, C. M. Wiegand, and D. J. Crawford. 2007. "Utility of rapidly-evolving loci for inferring phylogeny at low taxonomic levels" American Journal of Botany. 94. 173-183.
  • Mort, M. E., D. E. Soltis, P. S. Soltis, J. Fransisco-Ortega, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2007. "Physiological evolution and association between physiology and growth form in Aeonium (Crassulaceae)" Taxon. 56. 453-464.
  • Archibald, J. K., D. J. Crawford, A. Santos-Guerra, and M. E. Mort. 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.
  • Archibald, J. K., M. E. Mort, D. J. Crawford, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2006. "Evolutionary Relationships within Recently Radiated Taxa: Comments on Methodology and Analysis of Inter-Simple Sequence Repeat Data" Taxon. 55. 747-756.
  • Crawford, D. J., J. K. Archibald, M. E. Mort, and A. Santos-Guerra. 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.
  • Crawford, D. J. and M. E. Mort. 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., N. D. Levsen, C. P. Randle, A. Palmer, and E. Jaarsveld. 2005. "Phylogenetics and diversification of Cotyledon (Crassulaceae) inferred from nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequence data" American Journal of Botany. 92. 1170-1176.
  • Archibald, J. K., M. E. Mort, and A. D. Wolfe. 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.
  • Archibald, J. K., M. E. Mort, D. J. Crawford, and J. K. Kelly. 2005. "LIFE HISTORY AFFECTS THE EVOLUTION OF REPRODUCTIVE ISOLATION AMONG SPECIES OF COREOPSIS (ASTERACEAE)" Evolution. 59(11). 2362-2369.
  • Archibald, J. K., M. E. Mort, D. J. Crawford, and J. K. Kelly. 2005. "Life history affects the evolution of reproductive isolation among species of Coreopsis (Asteraceae)" Evolution. 59. 2362-2369.
  • Crawford, D. J., M. E. Mort, and J. K. Archibald. 2005. "Biosystematics, chromosomes and molecular data: melding the old and the new" Taxon. 54. 285-289.
  • Randle, C. P., M. E. Mort, and D. J. Crawford. 2005. "Bayesian inference in systematics revisited: comments and concerns" Taxon. 54. 9-15.
  • Mort, M. E. and D. J. Crawford. 2004. "The continuing search: low-copy nuclear sequences for lower-level plant molecular phylogenetic studies" Taxon. 53. 257-261.
  • Crawford, D. J. and M. E. Mort. 2004. "Single-locus molecular markers for inferring relationships at lower taxonomic levels: observations and comments" Taxon. 53. 631-635.
  • Mort, M. E., D. J. Crawford, and K. N. Fairfield. 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.
  • Fairfield, K. N., M. E. Mort, and A. Santos-Guerra. 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. and S. A. Mori. 2004. "Crassulaceae (Stonecrop family)" Flowering Plants of the Neotropics. edited by Smith, N., S. A. Mori, A. Henderson, D. Stephenson, and S. Heald. 118-120.
  • Mort, M. E., D. J. Crawford, A. Santos-Guerra, J. Fransisco-Ortega, E. J. Esselman, and A. P. Wolfe. 2003. "Relationships among the Macaronesian members of Tolpis (Asteraceae: Lactuaceae) based upon analyses of intersimple sequence repeat (ISSR) markers" Taxon. 52. 511-518.
  • Crawford, D. J. and M. E. Mort. 2003. "Polyploidy: some things old to go with the new" Taxon. 52. 411-413.
  • Crawford, D. J. and M. E. Mort. 2003. "New trends in plant systematics" Taxon. 52. 3-10.
  • Archibald, J. K., M. E. Mort, and D. J. Crawford. 2003. "Bayesian inference of phylogeny: a non-technical primer" Taxon. 52. 187-191.
  • Mort, M. E., D. E. Soltis, P. S. Soltis, J. Fransisco-Ortega, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2002. "Phylogenetics and Evolution of the Macaronesian Clade (Crassulaceae) inferred from nuclear and chloroplast sequence data" Systematic Botany. 27. 271-288.
  • Mort, M. E., D. E. Soltis, P. S. Soltis, J. Fransisco-Ortega, and A. Santos-Guerra. 2001. "Phylogenetic relationships and evolution of Crassulaceae based on matK sequences" American Journal of Botany. 88. 76-91.
  • Soltis, D. E., R. K. Kuzoff, M. E. Mort, M. Zanis, M. Fishbein, L. Hufford, J. Koontz, and M. K. Arroyo. 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.
  • Soltis, D. E., P. S. Soltis, M. W. Chase, and M. E. Mort. 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., P. S. Soltis, D. E. Soltis, and M. L. Mabry. 2000. "Empirical comparison of three methods of estimating internal support of phylogenetic trees" Systematic Biology. 49. 160-171.
  • Soltis, D. E., M. E. Mort, P. S. Soltis, C. Hibsch-Jetter, E. Zimmer, and D. R. Morgan. 1999. "Phylogenetic relationships in the enigmatic angiosperm family Podostemaceae" Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 11. 261-272.
  • Mort, M. E. and D. E. Soltis. 1999. "Phylogenetic relationships and the evolution of ovary position in Saxifraga section Micranthes" Systematic Botany. 24. 139-147.
  • Sanderson, S. L., M. E. Mort, and J. J. Cech. 1998. "Particle retention by non-suspension feeding cyprinid fishes" Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science. 55. 861-868.
  • Soltis, D. E., P. S. Soltis, M. W. Chase, M. E. Mort, V. Savolainen, S. B. Hoot, and C. M. Morton. 1998. "Inferring phylogenies: an empirical approach using three large DNA data sets for angiosperms" Systematic Biology. 47. 32-42.
  • Mort, M. E.. 1994. "Floristics study and vegetational analysis of the Tar Bay and Powel Creek watersheds, Prince George County, Virginia"
  • Simmons, T. W., M. E. Mort, N. Ballatori, and J. L. Boyer. 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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