ECR feature: André Vicente Liz on lizard diversity across the hyper-arid Sahara Desert.

André is a PhD student at the Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal. He is an ecologist with special focus on biogeography, for which he combines historical and conservation perspectives. Here, André shares his recent work on the evolution of lizards inhabiting the most arid habitats of the Sahara Desert. André during hisContinue reading “ECR feature: André Vicente Liz on lizard diversity across the hyper-arid Sahara Desert.”

Poor flyers in the sky (-islands)

“As with mariners shipwrecked near a coast, it would have been better for the good swimmers if they had been able to swim still further, whereas it would have been better for the bad swimmers if they had not been able to swim at all and had stuck to the wreck.” (Darwin 1859) Above: ChorthippusContinue reading “Poor flyers in the sky (-islands)”

Vegetation on Mt. Teide (Tenerife) during Humboldt’s time and now

Using historical records to reconstruct how species presence/absence and altitudinal ranges have changed between 1815 and today. Above: The northern slope of Tenerife island, with the Orotava valley, The sea of clouds and the Teide peak (3718 m,) climbed by Humboldt & Bonpland (1799) and von Buch & Smith climbed (1815) (Photo: José María Fernández-Palacios).Continue reading “Vegetation on Mt. Teide (Tenerife) during Humboldt’s time and now”

ECR feature: Jeff Stallman on mushrooms and the theory of island biogeography

Jeff Stallman is a PhD candidate at the Purdue University. He is particularly interested in the taxonomy, systematics, and biogeography of macro-fungi, with an emphasis on the Hawaiian Islands. Here, Jeff shares his recent work on mushrooms endemic to oceanic islands and how they fit in with the theory of island biogeography. On a collectingContinue reading “ECR feature: Jeff Stallman on mushrooms and the theory of island biogeography”

ECR feature: Julian Schrader on plant functional traits and the Equilibrium Theory of Island Biogeography

Julian Schrader is a postdoc at the Macquarie University, Sydney. He is an ecologist with special interest in plant functional ecology, biogeography and conservation biology. Here, Julian shares his recent work on functional traits in relation to the Equilibrium Theory of Island Biogeography. Fieldwork: Julian is fascinated by life on small islands even though fieldContinue reading “ECR feature: Julian Schrader on plant functional traits and the Equilibrium Theory of Island Biogeography”

ECR feature: Robert Weigel on growth synchrony and climate change-sensitivity in European forests

Robert Weigel is a postdoc at the University of Göttingen. He is a geoecologist with special interest in forest ecosystems. Here, Robert shares his recent work on climate sensitivity and within-stand synchrony of growth in a European beech–oak ecotone. Robert Weigel (Photo Credits: Banzragch Bat-Enerel). Personal links. Twitter. Institute. University of Göttingen, Plant Ecology andContinue reading “ECR feature: Robert Weigel on growth synchrony and climate change-sensitivity in European forests”

ECR feature: Patricia Wepfer on the evolution and population dynamics of reef-building corals

Patricia H. Wepfer is a postdoc at the Institute of Spatial and Landscape Development, ETH Zurich. She is broadly interested in biogeographic processes shaping species distribution patterns. Here, Patricia shares her recent work on the evolution and population dynamics of reef-building corals from the North-Western Pacific. Patricia Wepfer collecting coral polyps at site Oku, Okinawa Island Institute.Continue reading “ECR feature: Patricia Wepfer on the evolution and population dynamics of reef-building corals”

Overcoming challenges in measuring how seed dispersal and climatic niche evolution are connected in plants

In this blog post, I discuss some of the “behind the scenes” factors in writing “Linking mode of seed dispersal and climatic niche evolution in flowering plants”, including our main motivation and some challenges we had to overcome with data curation and trait evolution modeling in the project Above: Miconia sp. (Melastomataceae), a diverse lineageContinue reading “Overcoming challenges in measuring how seed dispersal and climatic niche evolution are connected in plants”

ECR feature: Georgia Vasey

Georgia is a PhD student at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the USA. She is a plant ecologist with a special interest in conservation and biogeography. Here, Georgia shares her recent work on how the trait variation of a dryland pine species responds to regional climatic gradients. Georgia enjoying the beautiful petroglyphs at oneContinue reading “ECR feature: Georgia Vasey”

ECR feature: Pablo Castro Sánchez-Bermejo

Pablo is a PhD student at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. He is an ecologist with a special interest in community and functional ecology. Here, Pablo shares his recent work on how the gradient of aridity drives the loss of taxonomic and functional diversity in dung beetle communities in three different deserts. TheContinue reading “ECR feature: Pablo Castro Sánchez-Bermejo”