One key question in community ecology is how do many similar species coexist at small spatial scales? This question is hard to address because experimental studies often require too much time to complete within a typical PhD. Instead, we will use experimental communities of rapid-cycling annual plants to address exciting questions about the role of dispersal, local adaptation and niche structure in determining the diversity of communities. The project details will be worked out with the student who will be part of a larger Plant Ecology group with a wide range of interests. The work will involve experiments, modelling and possibly field work in natural systems of sand-dune annuals around the UK.
Personal Research Keywords
Community ecology, coexistence, diversity, ecosystem functioning, experimental ecology, plant ecology