Daniel Laughlin, University of Wyoming. Plant strategies and the path to understanding in ecology.
Plant strategies are phenotypes that evolved to increase demographic persistence in the environments to which their traits aremost adapted. Few topics have both captured the imagination and furrowed the brows of ecologists than plant strategies, yet notopic is more important for understanding the assembly of plant communities, predicting plant responses to global change, andenhancing the restoration of our degrading biosphere. I will discuss the current state of plant strategy theory and suggest newresearch directions to galvanize progress to increased understanding and enhanced prediction in ecology.
Daniel C. Laughlin is a Professor of Plant Ecology in the Department of Botany at the University of Wyoming. His laboratory develops quantitative approaches to understand and predict how plant species and communities respond to global change. He currently teaches courses in ecological modeling and vegetation ecology, and is Associate Editor of Ecology & Ecological Monographs.
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