JBI Global Colloquium: Rethinking dispersal-related traits

Dispersal is a key process to study ecological and evolutionary aspects of biodiversity, such as species richness, geographical distribution, adaptation, and speciation. Researchers often rely on functional traits as proxies for the dispersal process, but the mechanistic link between trait and dispersal is not often clear. Furthermore, these traits vary among and within taxa and systems, making a generalization of the dispersal process and its effect on biodiversity challenging.

Above (from top-left to bottom-right): wind dispersal in dandelion (photo: Creative Commons), passive dispersal in corals after spawning (ph oto: Andres Rojas ), plant dispersal by frugivory (photo: Renske E. Onstein ), body size and mobility as proxies of dispersal in fish (photo: Carlos G. Muñoz).

This hybrid colloquium is part of the workshop “Rethinking dispersal related traits”, aiming to further discuss a framework for dispersal-related trait identification and selection that allows for a more unified conceptualization and assessment of dispersal abilities for multitaxa systems. We asked the presenters to take the audience on a journey through their dispersal related system, the research questions they tackle, and challenges they are facing. Everyone is welcome to join the colloquium in person or online, and rethink dispersal related trait research with us.

When: 6th and 7 th December 2022, 16:00 to 19:00

LifeScience , Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Darwinweg 2, Leiden, the Netherlands.
Online at https://uni-leipzig.zoom.us/j/67936280593?pwd=eEFVQXVoTlNBaG01VUl5dFFpdDVxQT09
Meeting ID: 679 3628 0593, Passcode: 237854


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Text and images kindly provided by A. Alzate.

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