DATE: Friday, 8th November 2019
LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)
Our research combines genomic data with a range of other investigative approaches including environmental modelling, functional ecology and more recently indigenous knowledge. Although we study the Australian flora in general, much of our research has focused on rainforest trees, with a particular interest on how temporal environmental change and dispersal affect landscape-level dynamics.
Australian rainforests have a highly dynamic history that enabled them to respond to change through time. Seed dispersal is a key process in plant spatial dynamics impacting on the distribution of species as well as the assembly of communities. Based on this premise we use genomic, environmental and ecological data from rainforest trees to investigate the impact of climatic shifts on rainforest distribution in support of the development of management strategies that consider short- and long-term actions and outcomes
Most of Maurizio’s research projects revolve around a broad vision: to investigate the factors impacting on the spatio-temporal distribution and assembly of native plant species. The vision can be summarised within two simple concepts: 1) describing and interpreting patterns of organismal diversity (measuring biodiversity); 2) describing and interpreting the fit of organisms to their environment (measuring adaptation).
To achieve this Maurizio’s lab combines genetic and genomic data, with a range of other investigative approaches including environmental modelling, functional ecology and more recently indigenous knowledge. Although he is interested in the Australian flora in general, much of his research has been on rainforest trees, with a particular focus on investigating how temporal changes and dispersal potential affect landscape-level dynamics.
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