CPSC Lecture with Jonathan Levine – University of Copenhagen

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CPSC Lecture with Jonathan Levine

Professor Jonathan Levine, Institute of Integrative Biology at ETH Zürich will give a CPSC Lecture on December 1 from 15:00 to 16:00. Everyone is welcome.

Understanding plant species' responses to climate change: the need for population and community ecology

Now is an exciting time to be a plant ecologist, as curiosity-driven motivations for science converge with the need for ecological information addressing major global challenges.

In his lecture, Jonathan Levine will illustrate the importance of basic population and community ecology to be able to understand and predict how changing species interactions influence ecosystem responses to climate change. He will present field experiments, showing how the novel competitive interactions that emerge when species shift their ranges to track warming climate, but do so at different rates, strongly determine the fate of alpine plant populations in the Swiss Alps. 

Moreover, he will discuss how we can predict the identity of species engaging in these novel competitive interactions in the future. To this end, he will present experiments with a model plant species, suggesting that rapid evolutionary changes can influence the rate at which plant populations spread. This complicates efforts to forecast species range dynamics based on their current demography.

Finally, he will explore whether we can predict the outcome of novel competitive interactions under climate change without having to conduct countless experiments. To do so, he will use plant functional traits to predict the drivers of competition between annual plant species in California grasslands.

He will conclude by arguing for the interconnected nature of basic ecological research and that motivated by the need to solve pressing environmental challenges.

About Jonathan Levine
Professor of Plant Ecology at the Institute of Integrative Biology, ETH Zürich. Professor Levine completed his PhD studies at the University of California, Berkeley, whereafter he carried out postdoctoral research at Imperial College, London.

After holding Assistant, Associate, Adjunct and Full Professor positions at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Santa Barbara, Jonathan Levine became a full professor at ETH Zürich in 2011.    

Jonathan Levine's Plant Ecology Group at ETH Zürich

Time: 1 December 2016, 15:00-16:00

Place: Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, lecture room A2-70.03.

Would you like to meet with Jonathan Levine?
Please contact Lene Rasmussen lras@plen.ku.dk if you would like to set up a meeting with Prof. Dr. Jonathan Levine on December 2, or if you would like to join the postdoc and PhD meeting for young researchers December 2 at 10.00-11.00.