The east slope of the Andes harbors Earth’s highest biodiversity and is also the area most threatened by climate change. We’re conducting research in two areas central to understanding biodiversity distribution and ecosystem function:
- plant distributional ecology and ecosystem-climate relationships and
- climate and plant community/ecosystem history.
We’re paying particular attention to anthropogenic tree line, a looming barrier to plant migration in response to climate change. The outcome of these activities will provide data and predictions central to designing and implementing effective conservation strategies.
Our research areas include: