sTEP - Synthesising Trait Evolution in Plants


PIs: William Pearse; Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Plants possess a range of incredible adaptations to their environment, and can survive fire, ice, desiccation, flooding, insect attacks, disease, and much more. However, we have remarkably little idea how these adaptations have evolved, and so cannot predict how they may continue to evolve in the future. In this workshop we bring together botanists, evolutionary biologists, and computer scientists to understand how plant tolerances and traits have evolved through time.

Jeannine Cavender-Bares (University of Minnesota); Hans Cornelissen (VU University); Sandra Díaz (Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biologia Vegetal); Julia Joswig (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry); Jens Kattge (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry); Shan Kothari (University of Minnesota); Guido Kraemer (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry); Jose Eduardo Meireles (University of Minnesota); Talie Musavi (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry); Will Pearse (McGill University)

Remote participants
Elisabeth Forrestel (Yale University); Amy Zanne (George Washington University)

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Cornwell W.K., Pearse W.D. et al. (2018) What we (don't) know about global plant diversity. Ecography, 42: 1819-1831. See here

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