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Biodiversity Seminar: Local adaptation and (animal-mediated) gene flow in forest trees



WSL Birmensdorf, Englersaal


Nadia Castro Izaguirre


Prof. Dr. Katrin Heer, Forest Genetics, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg


Ben Dauphin




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Genetic diversity of populations is an integral part of biodiversity and an essential prerequisite for adaptation to changing environmental conditions. In my research, I focus on the causes and consequences of intra-specific genetic diversity of tree populations in temperate and tropical forests. In temperate forest tree populations, we combine genetic, phenotypic, and environmental data to investigate the genetic basis of adaptive traits, and the role of epigenetic mechanisms for the acclimation of trees to their local environments. Also, I will introduce you to our research in tropical forests, where most tree species rely on animals for pollination and seed dispersal. As a consequence, these interactions are decisive for spatial distribution of genetic diversity within populations. In our projects, we investigate the impact of dispersal on spatial patterns of genetic diversity, vertical gradients of interactions of plants with their dispersers, and the importance of the synchrony and timing of phenological transitions for plant animal interactions.

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The Biodiversity Seminar Series (BD-Seminars) are organized by the WSL Biodiversity Center. Every two weeks, we aim to host a seminar speaker that presents research or outreach on topics relevant to the biodiversity community at WSL. The seminars are public and are usually broadcasted online.

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