Biogeography and Macroecology
Biogeography is the study of the geographic and temporal distributions of life. Biogeographic information can help us understand species' adaptations and their evolutionary histories. In recent years, a wealth of plant biogeographic data - largely from digitized herbarium specimens - has become publicly available. Coupled with macro- and microclimate data, this biogeographic data has been particularly valuable for understanding how plants are shifting their distributions in response to climate change.
As plants shift their distributions, plant communities can become altered. These alterations may include changes in community diversity and to ecosystem services like carbon storage. A goal of my research is to understand patterns in plant biogeography in order to predict about how climate change will alter plant communities and inform conservation decisions.
- Weak phylogenetic and climatic signals in plant heat tolerance
- Climate-driven changes in the composition of New World plant communities
- The thermal tolerances, distributions, and performances of tropical montane tree species
- Gymnosperm species richness patterns along the elevational gradient and its comparison with other plant taxonomic groups in the Himalayas
- Most ‘global' reviews of species ' responses to climate change are not truly global
- Thermal trouble in the tropics