We have a new publication in Frontiers in Genetics “Comparative evolutionary diversity and phylogenetic structure across multiple forest dynamics plots” a mega-phylogeny approach”. This paper is a result of the Dimensions of Biodiversity IRCN workshops that have taken place over the past couple of years in the USA and China. The abstract and article can be found here. Nice work Dave!
There are still available slots for Botany 442/542, Plant Population Ecology. This undergrad/graduate course focuses on modern approaches to plant population ecology with a strong emphasis on reading and interpreting the primary literature and creating a research proposal.
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.