Understanding the roles of environmental conditions and species interactions in community assembly Event as iCalendar

21 May 2018

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1, Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Host: SBS

Contact info: Kristal Cain

Contact email: k.cain@auckland.ac.nz

Speaker: Dr Angela Brandt, Landcare Research, Dunedin

Interactions between species and their environment underpin modern ecological theory about the structuring of local communities, informing predictions of species diversity and community membership (or which species will be found where).

In this seminar Dr Brandt will present a series of case studies examining how environmental conditions and species interactions influence assembly of vascular plant communities – from grasslands to forests – using both experimental and observational approaches, and spanning annual communities to evolutionary timescales. She will also describe upcoming work to test the application of theory developed for vascular plants to the oldest terrestrial plant group, the bryophytes (mosses and liverworts).