September 28 2010

12:00 BSRB 154

Ecolunch: Liza Comita
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara

Regeneration dynamics in tropical forests: implications for species coexistence in diverse communities


Tropical forests possess the most diverse plant communities on earth. A major challenge for ecologists is to understand the mechanisms of species coexistence that maintain this incredible diversity. My research focuses on processes affecting early life stages, which are thought to play a key role in fostering diversity in plant communities. Specifically, I examine how biotic and abiotic factors determine where and when seedlings survive, and the implications of those patterns for species coexistence in diverse ecological communities.











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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