EEB Seminar

Dr. Julie Messier  (University of Waterloo)

Exploring the limits of trait-based ecology: Causes and consequences of phenotypic variation and integration across biological scales 

April 15th 12:30-1:30pm ET

The popularity of the trait-based approach to ecology (i.e. functional ecology) is partly due to three important promises the approach makes: generality, predictability and integration across biological scales. The promises are based on explicit or implicit assumptions made by the approach, but they remain poorly tested. I present research centered on the themes of variation, covariation and biological scales that test some of these fundamental promises and assumption. Together, these studies explore when the trait-based approach works well and when it doesn’t. 

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