Understanding plant speciation and diversification patterns

Biodiversity and Evolution

I am interested in understanding speciation and diversification patterns of plants, questioning the role of adaptation in the emergence and the maintenance of species boundaries. This includes the analysis of intra and interspecific diversity for conservation purposes or for phylogeographic analyses using various molecular markers from different genomes (nucleus, chloroplast, mitochondria).

Recent Publications

  • A 638-gene phylogeny supports the recognition of twice as many species in the Malagasy endemic genus Capurodendron (Sapotaceae)
    Boluda, Carlos G.; Christe, Camille; Naciri, Yamama; Gautier, Laurent
    Taxon 10.1002/tax.12676  APR 2022
  • A taxonomic revision of Ranunculus sect. Batrachium in Corsica: a morphological and statistical analysis
    Jeanmonod, Daniel; Naciri, Yamama
    Candollea 10.15553/c2021v762a9  DEC 2021
  • Species Delimitation and Conservation in Taxonomically Challenging Lineages: The Case of Two Clades of Capurodendron (Sapotaceae) in Madagascar
    Boluda, Carlos G.; Christe, Camille; Randriarisoa, Aina; Gautier, Laurent; Naciri, Yamama
    Plants-basel 10.3390/plants10081702  AUG 2021
  • Phylogeographic reconstructions can be biased by ancestral shared alleles: The case of the polymorphic lichen Bryoria fuscescens in Europe and North Africa
    Boluda, Carlos G.; Rico, Victor J.; Naciri, Yamama; Hawksworth, David L.; Scheidegger, Christoph
    Molecular Ecology 10.1111/mec.16078  OCT 2021
  • Usnea dasopoga (Ach.) Nyl. and U. barbata (L.) F. H. Wigg. (Ascomycetes, Parmeliaceae) are two different species: a plea for reliable identifications in molecular studies
    Clerc, Philippe; Naciri, Yamama
    Lichenologist 10.1017/S0024282921000128  MAY 2021
  • New genetic markers for Sapotaceae phylogenomics: More than 600 nuclear genes applicable from family to population levels
    Christe, Camille; Boluda, Carlos G.; Koubinova, Darina; Gautier, Laurent; Naciri, Yamama
    Molecular Phylogenetics And Evolution 10.1016/j.ympev.2021.107123  JUL 2021
  • Labramia ambondrombeensis (Sapotaceae), a Critically Endangered new species from Madagascar
    Randriarisoa, Aina; Naciri, Yamama; Gautier, Laurent
    Candollea 10.15553/c2020v751a8 Published: JUN 2020
  • The genetics of evolutionary radiations
    Naciri, Yamama; Linder, H. Peter
    Biological Reviews  DOI: 10.1111/brv.12598  2020
  • Species delimitation in the East Asian species of the relict tree genus Zelkova (Ulmaceae): A complex history of diversification and admixture among species
    Naciri, Y; Christe, C; Betrisey, S; Song, YG; Deng, M; Garfi, G; Kozlowski, G
    MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION, 134 172-185; 10.1016/j.ympev.2019.02.010 MAY 2019
  • New insights into the Usnea cornuta aggregate (Parmeliaceae, lichenized Ascomycota): Molecular analysis reveals high genetic diversity correlated with chemistry
    Gerlach, ADL; Toprak, Z; Naciri, Y; Caviro, EA; da Silveira, RMB; Clerc,P
    MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION, 131 125-137; 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.10.035 FEB 2019
  • Three Critically Endangered new species of Capurodendron (Sapotaceae) from Madagascar
    Gautier, Laurent; Naciri, Yamama
    CANDOLLEA, 73 (1):121-129; 10.15553/c2018v731a13 JUN 2018
  • Morphological convergence in the recently diversified Silene gigantea complex (Caryophyllaceae) in the Balkan Peninsula and south-western Turkey, with the description of a new subspecies 
    Du Pasquier, Pierre-Emmanuel; Jeanmonod, Daniel; Naciri, Yamama 
    BOTANICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, 183 (3): 474-493 10.1093/botlinnean/bow016  MAR 1 2017
  • A phylogenetic circumscription of Silene sect. Siphonomorpha (Caryophyllaceae) in the Mediterranean Basin 
    Naciri, Yamama; Du Pasquier, Pierre-Emmanuel; Lundberg, Magnus; et al. 
    TAXON, 66 (1): 91-108 https://doi.org/10.12705/661.5  FEB 2017
  • Evolutionary histories determine DNA barcoding success in vascular plants: seven case studies using intraspecific broad sampling of closely related species 
    Wyler, Sofia Caetano; Naciri, Yamama 
  • Species delimitation and relationships: The dance of the seven veils
    Naciri, Yamama; Linder, H. Peter
    TAXON  64 (1): 3-16  10.12705/641.24  MAR 2015
  • Patterns of diversification amongst tropical regions compared: a case study in Sapotaceae (vol 5, pg 362, 2014)
    Armstrong, KE; Stone, GN; Nicholls, JA; Valderrama, E; Anderberg, AA; Smedmark, J; Gautier, L; Naciri, Y; Milne, R; Richardson, JE
    FRONTIERS IN GENETICS   Volume: 6     Article Number: 86  10.3389/fgene.2015.00086  MAR 5 2015
Yamama Naciri CJBG

Dr. Yamama Naciri
Conservatoire et Jardins botaniques de Genève
Department of Plant Sciences
1292 Geneva

Tel: +41 (0)22 418 51 65

Research topics

  • Genetic diversity and phylogeography
  • Speciation patterns
  • DNA barcoding
  • Conservation genetics



  • Quantitative genetics
  • Plant ecology
  • Population genetics