Pr Colin HUGHES
Pr Colin Hughes PhD, Department of Systematic & Evolutionary Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Colin Hughes is a plant systematist who has worked on legumes for more than 30 years. His research spans revisionary taxonomy, phylogenetics, evolution and biogeography. He is particularly interested in how diversity evolves, how life became so diverse, and why there are so many species of legumes, and in understanding spatial and temporal trajectories and drivers of evolutionary diversification.
His current research focuses on building enhanced phylogenies using genome-scale sequence data and using these in combination with geographical and climate data to understand diversification. Current projects focus on the origins and early evolution of the legume family, on diversification of mimosoid legumes across the lowland tropics, and on understanding the exceptionally rapid diversification of Lupinus species in the Andes. Prior to undertaking his PhD on the mimosoid legume genus Leucaena he worked for ten years as a seed collector in Latin America assembling genetic resource collections of economically important woody legumes used in agroforestry, based at the University of Oxford, U.K.
He maintains a keen interest in economically important legumes and in aspects of early legume domestication in Mesoamerica and the Andes. Recently he has been involved in genome sequencing projects on Leucaena and the Andean crop lupin, Lupinus mutabilis. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Systematic & Evolutionary Botany at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.