Abstract Detail

Biodiversity synthesis: Linking large phylogenies with species traits and ecologies.

Marx, Hannah [1].

Using phylogenies to understand why diverse communities exist in extreme environments.

Alpine regions are found on every continent of our planet and harbor an impressive diversity of floral communities. Plants that live above treeline must withstand environmental conditions at their physiological limits, and certain phenotypes that characterize alpine plants are hypothesized to be adaptations to withstand these extremes. While research on particular clades that inhabit the alpine has been growing, few studies have explored patterns of alpine biodiversity across communities to understand how such a diversity of flora is able to coexist at the limits of plant life. In this talk I will review some challenges for synthesizing biodiversity in the alpine and discuss how phylogenetic approaches combined with species traits and ecological data are reshaping the way we think about processes driving community diversity on mountain summits. 

1 - University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1048, USA

Community phylogenetics

Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Session: COL01, Biodiversity synthesis: Linking large phylogenies with species traits and ecologies
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM
Number: COL01007
Abstract ID:724
Candidate for Awards:None

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