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Friday, November 8, 2019 at 12:20pm
Pennsylvania State University
We study the processes that generate and maintain biodiversity, with a focus on spatiotemporal variation in high-dimensional systems. In particular, we study the drivers of genomic variation among populations and compositional variation in diverse communities.
Similar questions, such as when environmental versus dispersal constraints are more important, challenge both evolutionary biologists and ecologists. Answering these questions is essential for predicting biodiversity responses to global change.
Currently we focus on understanding the genetic, physiological, and ecological mechanisms of local adaptation to environment.
Study organisms include a variety of temperate and tropical tree species, Arabidopsis thaliana, Sorghum bicolor, and Striga hermonthica.