OEB 206. Trait-Based Ecology

The past three decades has seen a dramatic increase in plant physiologists and ecologists amassing and analyzing measurements of plant physiological, biochemical and morphological properties. These studies have identified characteristic axes of co-variation in the leaf, stem and root properties of plants across different climates, including: the “leaf economics spectrum”, the “stem economics spectrum”, and “wood economics spectrum”. Ecologists are now linking these repositories of information about the functional properties of plant species to measurements on the demography of plant populations (i.e. rates of plant growth, mortality and recruitment). In this course, we will explore this exciting new interface between plant physiology and ecology, and the insights it is providing about how plant form and function influences the distribution and abundance of plant species across environments.








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