Kyle G. Dexter, Senior Lecturer
School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh
Research Associate, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Title: The Importance of the Biome Context in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Host Lab: Davis
Topic: Biomes constitute major vegetation units with distinct ecosystem function that occur across wide geographic areas. The spatial distribution and ecology of individual biomes can have a strong impact on how ecological and evolutionary processes play out, yet they are often ignored in ecological and evolutionary research. Here I discuss what the main biomes are in lowland tropical South America and give a few examples of how the biome context is important to understanding basic ecological and evolutionary patterns.