Community structure and diversity
Identifying what factors and processes (both ecological and evolutionary) drive patterns of community assembly and structure is fundamental to test hypotheses on patterns of species coexistence and diversity maintenance. Such objectives are also critical for understanding mechanisms driving species extinctions, especially given the current extinction crisis facing species globally. I am particularly interested in the roles and impacts of the drivers of global changes, environmental filtering and ecological traits in shaping ecological community structure and biodiversity at multiple scales.
- Potential linkages between plant diversity and animal diversity along taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional axes