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EEB Thursday Seminar: Trait-based approaches to plankton ecology & evolution

Christopher Klausmeier, Professor of Plant Biology, Kellogg Biological Station & Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University
Thursday, October 18, 2018
12:00-1:00 PM
1200 Chemistry Dow Lab Map

Trait-based approaches are increasingly seen as a way to reduce the complexity of ecological communities and to incorporate functional diversity in ecosystem models. In this talk I will present Elena Litchman's and my lab's work applying trait-based ideas to marine and freshwater plankton communities. First, I will describe empirical patterns in the resource utilization and thermal traits we found using meta-analyses of published eco-physiological traits. Second, I will discuss trait-based approaches to modeling ecological and eco-evolutionary dynamics and how they can enhance our understanding of community structure in heterogeneous environments. Finally, I will describe recent theory on how local selection and immigration from the regional species pool interact to determine distribution of commonness and rarity in ecological communities and an experimental test.
Building: Chemistry Dow Lab
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Biology
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Program in Biology, EEB Thursday Seminars, Museum of Zoology, Research Museums Center