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Plant Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Seedling Transplant Experiment 2014

September 16th, 2014

Below are photos of  a large reciprocal transplant and common garden experiment being established in Panama. Our team of 10 American, German, and Panamanian scientists and technicians transplanted over 3000 tropical tree seedlings of 16 species into 4 separate forests, which each receive different amounts of annual precipitation, in September 2014.  We are testing the degree to which tropical tree species show local adaptation and plasticity in response to seasonal drought conditions across a strong rainfall gradient in Central Panama.  The results of this experiment will help us to predict and understand how tropical forests will respond to climate change.

Comita, Engelbrecht, Jones, Manzane BCNM Sept14_small Jpegs (5 of 47)

Dr. Eric Manzane, STRI postdoctoral fellow, transplants seedlings into the common garden on Buena Vista Peninsula, Barro Colorado Nature Monument, Panama

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Andy and Nelson map individual seedlings in a common garden on Buena Vista.

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Dr. Bettina Engelbrecht (U. Bayreuth) scouting for sites for seedlings.

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Dr. Liza Comita (Yale) plants seedlings in a common garden.

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Eric and Andy transplanting a few of the thousands of seedlings that were planted on Buena Vista.

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Andy inspecting roots of one of the seedlings

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  • About Andy Jones

    • Andy Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department at Oregon State University. He has broad interests in the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms responsible for the origin and maintenance of plant diversity.

        Dr. Jones is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.