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Plant Range Dynamics and Global Changes

  • Teacher(s):   C.Randin  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 1.5 credits
  • Schedule: Spring Semester 2018-2019, 1.0h. course (weekly average)
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Objectives

The main objective of this class is to understand the mechanisms that drive the geographiical limits of of plant species and then to understand at which scales these mechanisms act . Ultimately , the impacts of global change on species distributions will be discussed as well as their cascading effects on ecosystems .

Contents

- Empirical vs. mechanistic relationships between range limits of plant species and the environment: from correlations to understanding of processes

- Limitations and regulations at the trailing and leading edges of plant species distribution

- Evolutionary consequences of range dynamics

- Relative contribution of Quaternary climate oscillations and land use in shaping the geographic limits of plant species

- Range dynamics under global change: from species to ecosystems

References

Klein T., Randin C., Körner C., Water availability predicts forest canopy height at the global scale. Ecology Letters 18(12), pp. 1311-1320, 2015.

Randin, C.F., Paulsen, J., Vitasse, Y., Kollas, C., Wohlgemuth, T., Zimmermann, N.E. & Koerner, C. (2013) Do the elevational limits of deciduous tree species match their thermal latitudinal limits? Global Ecology and Biogeography, 22, 913-923.

Patsiou, T.S., Conti, E., Theodoridis, S., Zimmerman, N.E. & Randin, C.F. (2014) Topo-climatic microrefugia explain the persistence of a rare endemic plant in the Alps during the last 21 millennia. Global Change Biology, 20, 2286–2300.

Vicente, J., Randin, C.F., Goncalves, J., Metzger, M.J., Lomba, A., Honrado, J. & Guisan, A. (2011) Where will conflicts between alien and rare species occur after climate and land-use change? A test with a novel combined modelling approach. Biological Invasions, 13, 1209-1227.

Pre-requisites

Basic knowledge in geography and plant ecology.

Schedule detail : http://ecoledebiologie.cms.unil.ch/eb-bec/files/live/sites/ecoledebiologie/files/shared/_Master/Programme%20d'%c3%a9tudes/Horaires/MSc%20BEC-BEE%20P19.pdf Cours non ouvert aux étudiant·e·s d'échange

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A broad question that should be adressed in 15 minutes after a 15-min preparation.



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