This project will examine the ecological and evolutionary divergences within several large plant and fungal groups, investigating the association of their ecological niches, reflected by climatic variables, soil types, host plants (for fungi), and other non-organismal features, over large-scale biogeographic expanses. The research will specifically address how some species have conserved climate niches and constrained distributions, while others have diversified ecologically and spatially over short or long times. This work has implications for contemporary climate change, as it involves both direct and indirect effects on biodiversity patterns, agriculture, pathogen spread, evolution of weediness and invasiveness, and conservation of endangered species.
|Effective start/end date||6/1/14 → 5/31/19|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))