Karla Sosa

Karla Sosa, Ph.D. student


Room 348 Biological Sciences
Department of Biology
Duke University, 
Box 90338
Durham NC 27708

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I am interested in understanding how plants got where they are. If you look closely, plant species are distributed in intriguing patterns that are yet to be fully explained. For example, why do we find closely related species continents apart, spread over South America and Australia, but very different species in neighbouring valleys in the Andes? Can we find traits that allow plants to move more easily and spread their ranges?


Duke University, Department of Biology, Durham, NC

PhD Student in Biology (2015–present)                      

Columbia University, Columbia College, New York, NY                    

Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Biology, Dean’s List (2009-2013)     

Honors Thesis: Androecium Evolution in the Melastomeae (Melastomataceae).
Major Professor: Fabián A. Michelangeli. Co-Advisor: Matthew Palmer.


Sosa, K., M. D. Windham, L. Huiet, G. A. Yatskievych, & K. M. Pryer. 2020. A case of mistaken identity revealed as a new species of Cheilanthes s.s. (Pteridaceae). Systematic Botany, in review.

Guimarães, P. J. F., F. A. Michelangeli, K. Sosa & J. R. S. Gomez. 2019. Systematics of Tibouchina and allies (Melastomataceae: Melastomateae): A new taxonomic classification. Taxon, 65(5): 937–1002. DOI

 Robison, T. A., A. L. Grusz, P. G. Wolf, J. P. Mower, B. D. Fauskee, K. Sosa & E. Schuettpelz. 2018. Mobile elements shape plastome evolution in ferns. Genome Biology and Evolution, 10(10): 2558-2571. DOI

Goldenberg, R., F. Almeda, K. Sosa, R. C. Ribeiro & F. A. Michelangeli. 2015.  Rupestrea: A new Brazilian genus of Melastomataceae, with anomalous seeds and dry indehiscent fruits. Systematic Botany, 40(2): 561–571. DOI

Michelangeli, F. A., W. Carmenate Reyes & K. Sosa. 2015. A revision of Meriania (Melastomataceae) in the Greater Antilles with emphasis on the status of the Cuban species. Brittonia, 67(2): 118–137. DOI

Michelangeli, F. A., C. Ulloa Ulloa & K. Sosa. 2014. Quipuanthus, a New Genus of Melastomataceae from the Foothills of the Andes in Ecuador and Peru. Systematic Botany, 39(2): 533–540. DOI