Lab alum and University of Florida Prof, Brett Scheffers, Publishes Paper on Forest Canopies and Cli

Brett describes his research: Dispersal has become one of the most studied traits in ecology and conservation as we attempt to understand species distributions and species resilience to environmental instability. Our paper just published in Global Ecology and Biogeography presents a new trait associated with resilience to environment instability—arboreality. Here, we show that vertical (arboreality) and horizontal (dispersal) movement are closely linked and together they increase the resilience of vertebrates to climatic instability in the wet tropical rainforests of Australia. We also present a new climate dimension to biogeography—the microclimate created by trees. Here, we monitored tempe

Students Study Clonal Rainforest Tree in Belize

Coccoloba belizensis outwits a strangler fig by generating new sprouts outside the main stem that is being strangled! Basal sprouts arise from a lignotuber that continually generates new ramets over time allowing the clone to expand outward in a radial fashion. It is unlikely that the fig will ever be able to kill the entire Coccoloba clone. The power of clonality! Molly Mueller, Annie Corley and Levi Trumbore studied the importance of seedling establishment to population persistence in Coccoloba at Las Cuevas Research Station in the Chiquibul Rainforest of Belize last month in my Rainforests and Coral Reefs course. Molly Mueller with giant Coccoloba leaf. Molly is interested in joinin

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