How have African trait-environment relationships changed over time?

Check out this article about our latest grant! We will study fossils in Africa to forecast how humans and climate affect wildlife. The study will build an understanding of the continent’s animals, physical traits developed, and their relationships/responses to environmental changes: http://b.gatech.edu/3I5iGYq This grant will fund grad student Danny Lauer’s dissertation research. Also, grad...

Congratulations to postdoc Rachel Short…

..for publishing the a really interesting paper evaluating the performance of ecometric methods. Check it out here. Abstract: Ecometrics is the study of community‐level functional trait–environment relationships. We use ecometric analyses to estimate paleoenvironment and to investigate community‐level functional changes through time. We evaluate four methods that have been used or have the potential...

New Paper! Plant biomes demonstrate that landscape resilience today is the lowest it has been since end-Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions

Check out our new paper! I’m so excited to see this work out. Here is a summary of our findings: Resilient landscapes preserve terrestrial biodiversity despite environmental changes. Here, we analyze North American landscape resilience over 20,000 years by examining the residence and recovery times of plant biomes preserved in the fossil pollen record....

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