ECR feature: Costanza Geppert on contrasting native and non-native plants responses

Costanza Geppert is a PhD student at the University of Padua in Italy. She is a conservation ecologist interested in the effects of global change on biodiversity. Here, Costanza shares her recent work on the drivers of plant redistribution in mountainous areas under global change. Costanza Geppert Personal links. ResearchGate | GoogleScholar | Research GroupContinue reading “ECR feature: Costanza Geppert on contrasting native and non-native plants responses”

ECR Feature: Shahan Derkarabetian on the biogeography of opilionoid arachnids

Shahan is a postdoc at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. He is a systematic and evolutionary biologist with a keen interest in Opiliones, an order of arachnids. Shahan shares his recent work on the opilionoid family, Triaenonychidae, investigating the role of geological events and past climate on their geographical distribution. Shahan Derkarabetian siftingContinue reading “ECR Feature: Shahan Derkarabetian on the biogeography of opilionoid arachnids”

ECR Feature: Jacob Suissa on the diversity of tropical montane ferns

Jacob Suissa is a PhD candidate at Harvard University. His major research interest is in the evolution of plants, particularly ferns. Jacob shares his recent work that has utilised vast herbarium records to understand global diversity in montane fern assemblages. Jacob in the Tepui’s in the Brazilian highlands. Links. Webpage | Instagram Institute. Harvard UniversityContinue reading “ECR Feature: Jacob Suissa on the diversity of tropical montane ferns”

ECR Feature: Thiago Laranjeiras on avian diversity in Amazonian floodplains

Thiago Laranjeiras is an an environmental analyst at Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade. He is a biogeographer with a keen interest in the ecology and biodiversity of birds. Thiago shares his recent work on transitions in avifauna communities across floodplain habitats in the Amazon. Name. Thiago Orsi Laranjeiras Personal links. Web page |Continue reading “ECR Feature: Thiago Laranjeiras on avian diversity in Amazonian floodplains”

ECR feature: Andrea Paz on environmental predictors for Atlantic Forest diversity

Andrea Paz recent started her postdoc at ETH Zürich in Switzerland. She is an evolutionary biologist interested in unveiling the processes generating the patterns of species distributions. Here, Andrea shares her recent work investigating the environmental correlates of diversity for multiple clades and diversity measures in the Atlantic Forest. Andrea visiting the Atlantic Forest during aContinue reading “ECR feature: Andrea Paz on environmental predictors for Atlantic Forest diversity”

The elusiveness of biotic interactions in spatial data

Joint species distribution models may not yet be able to detect the signal of biotic interactions from empirical community data … due to the lack of sufficiently dense ecological datasets and fast-and-accurate algorithms. Above: Eurasian nuthatch (Sitta europaea) at its nesting site in a former woodpecker cavity.(Photo by Josefine S. / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 /Continue reading “The elusiveness of biotic interactions in spatial data”

History and genetic diversity of the most common Antarctic Lichens

Antarctic lichens with different population history show grossly diverging genetic patterns. Above: Antarctic lichens (Usnea) near Carlini station on King George Island, January 2016 (Elisa Lagostina). The Antarctic is arguably the most remote place on Earth and difficult to reach for scientists and other organisms. In many people’s imagination it may just be a vast ice domeContinue reading “History and genetic diversity of the most common Antarctic Lichens”

ECR feature: João Pedro (JP) Fontanelle on stingrays biogeography

João Pedro (JP) Fontanelle is a postdoc at the Institute of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Toronto in Canada. He is an evolutionary biologist interested in how spatial and temporal eco-evolutionary dynamics affect micro- and macroevolution. Here, JP shares his recent work on how stingrays invaded the freshwaters and diversified in South AmericanContinue reading “ECR feature: João Pedro (JP) Fontanelle on stingrays biogeography”

ECR Feature: Chaim Lasmar on resource use by ants

Chaim Lasmar is a postdoc at Universidade Federal de Lavras. He is an ecologist with a particular interest in ants and their contribution to ecosystem function. Chaim shares his recent work on the variable foraging behaviour of ants across large spatial scales and across different ecoregions in the neotropics. Chaim Lasmar in his typical habitat.Continue reading “ECR Feature: Chaim Lasmar on resource use by ants”

ECR Feature: Arthur Boom unravels the history of miombo woodlands through study of Brachystegia plastid genomes

Arthur Boom is a PhD student at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is interested in the biogeography of African plants and the application of genomic approaches to study their evolutionary. Arthur shares his recent work on trees from the Brachystegia genus to understand the history of miombo woodlands in Africa through sequencing of theirContinue reading “ECR Feature: Arthur Boom unravels the history of miombo woodlands through study of Brachystegia plastid genomes”