Carolina M. Siniscalchi

Carolina M. Siniscalchi

Post Doctoral Associate

Mississippi State University


I’m a Post Doctoral Associate at Mississippi State University. My two main research lines are macroevolution of the nitrogen fixation symbiosis in flowering plants and systematics and evolution of the sunflower family.


  • Plant Evolution
  • Systematics
  • Taxonomy
  • Compositae


  • PhD in Biology (Botany), 2018

    Universidade de São Paulo

  • MSc in Biology (Botany), 2012

    Universidade de São Paulo

  • BSc in Biology, 2010

    Universidade de São Paulo

Professional Background


Post-Doctoral Associate

Mississippi State University, Folk Lab

Jan 2020 – Present Mississippi State, MS, USA
Studying macroevolution of the nitrogen fixing symbiosis in flowering plants.

Research Associate

University of Memphis, Mandel Lab

Sep 2018 – Dec 2019 Memphis, TN, USA
Studied whole genome duplications in the sunflower family.

Doctorate student

Universidade de São Paulo

Jan 2014 – Apr 2018 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Studied the systematics and evolution of the genus Chresta (tribe Vernonieae, family Asteraceae), using phylogenomics and population genetics methods.

Master’s student

Universidade de São Paulo

Sep 2010 – Sep 2012 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Studied Leguminosae floristics at Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais, Brazil.


Angiosperms at the edge: Extremity, diversity, and phylogeny
Population Genetics of Copperheads (Agkistrodon contortrix) within an Urban Forest
Using genomic data to develop SSR markers for species of Chresta (Vernonieae, Asteraceae) from the Caatinga
An empirical assessment of a single family-wide hybrid capture locus set at multiple evolutionary timescales in Asteraceae
Phylogenomics Yields New Insight Into Relationships Within Vernonieae (Asteraceae)
A fully resolved backbone phylogeny reveals numerous dispersals and explosive diversifications throughout the history of Asteraceae
Two New Rupicolous Species of Chresta (Asteraceae, Vernonieae) from the Brazilian Caatinga
The systematic value of pollen morphology in Chresta Vell. ex DC. (Vernonieae, Asteraceae)
The Compositae Tree of Life in the age of phylogenomics
Lychnophora spiciformis (Asteraceae: Vernonieae), a new species from Bahia, Brazil
A new species of Chresta (Vernonieae, Asteraceae) endemic to the Mata Atlântica Domain, Brazil
Diversity of non-glandular trichomes in subtribe Lychnophorinae (Asteraceae: Vernonieae) and taxonomic implications
New names in Vernonieae (Asteraceae) of Northeastern Brazil