The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department has been working hard and monitoring, as well as planning, for COVID-19/Coronavirus and the safety of the UCLA community. We understand that we live in very uncertain times and, with news about the virus changing frequently, we appreciate your cooperation. Please know the department is committed to working in everyone’s best interest—students, faculty, staff, and community at large.

With this, our Fall 2021 Seminar Series will be held in-person and virtually.

We appreciate your understanding at this time.

November 10, 2021

12:00pm, PST 158 HH and Zoom

Marko Spasojevic
University of California, Riverside

" Linking Functional Traits and Evolutionary Strategies to Predict Species, Community, and Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change "

Globally, human activities are altering environmental conditions through changes to disturbance regimes, climate, and primary productivity. These alterations have impacted the fitness and distributions of individual species, resulted in changes to community level biodiversity patterns and impacted the functioning of ecosystems. While both the ecological and evolutionary perspectives have proved useful for understanding the impacts to climate change, to date, we still lack a clear framework for linking plant functional traits and species’ evolutionary strategies to understand how the impact of climate change on individual species will scale to influence patterns of community diversity and ecosystem functioning. In this seminar I will discuss work in progress by my lab group focused on:1) using plant functional traits to predict range shifts in both forest and dryland ecosystems; 2) how biotic interactions may mediate these range shifts; and 3) a framework for linking functional traits with evolutionary strategies for coping with environmental change to predict community and ecosystem responses to climate change.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

12:00pm, PST

Seminar will be presented live, in-person, in

Hershey Hall, Room 158


Seminar will also be live-streamed via Zoom

EEB Seminar-Marko Spasojevic

Meeting ID: 976 0669 0392

Passcode: 542958

Host: EEB Graduate Students