NCEAS Project 12069

Linking phylogenetic history, plant traits, and ecological processes at multiple scales

  • Jeannine M. Cavender-Bares
  • David D. Ackerly
  • J. Gordon Burleigh
  • Michelle C. Mack
  • Richard H. Ree
  • Peter B. Reich

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group14th—18th January 2008Participant List  
Working Group18th—22nd May 2008Participant List  
Working Group17th—21st January 2009Participant List  

We propose a series of multi-disciplinary working group meetings, sponsored jointly by NCEAS, and NESCent to investigate the links between evolutionary history, plant traits, community structure and ecosystem processes. We will use data from the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network and beyond to examine the influence of phylogenetic relationships on community structure and traits relevant to ecosystem processes, at nested spatial and taxonomic scales across North America. In doing so, we will break new theoretical ground and develop new experimental and statistical protocols. Despite growing interest in understanding the influences of phylogeny on ecological processes, a synthesis across local and continental scales has yet to be attempted. Progress toward a unified understanding of the problem has been hampered by a lack of synthesis of existing phylogenetic and ecological data. A signature outcome will be a database of phylogenetic information for North American land plants and corresponding databases of plant traits and species abundances across local and large-scale environmental gradients. A second outcome will be a set of user-friendly software tools for statistical analysis of these data. These products will be used to clarify the significance of phylogenetic history and trait evolution for community organization and ecosystem processes across critical local and continental environmental gradients in North America. A North American synthesis will provide a framework for subsequent global analyses. We propose two NCEAS and two NESCent meetings between 2007 – 09, bringing together physiological, community and ecosystem ecologists with plant systematists and computational biologists to develop new theory and statistical methods widely applicable to the study of the evolution and assembly of communities.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Beaulieu, Jeremy; Ree, Richard H.; Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M.; Weiblen, George D.; Donoghue, Michael J. 2012. Synthesizing phylogenetic knowledge for ecological research. Ecology. Vol: 93(6). Pages s4-s13. (Online version)
Journal Article Burns, Jean H.; Strauss, Sharon. 2012. Effects of competition on phylogenetic signal and phenotypic plasticity in plant functional traits. Ecology. Vol: 93. Pages s126-s137. (Online version)
Journal Article Cadotte, Marc W.; Dinnage, Russell; Tilman, David. 2012. Phylogenetic diversity promotes ecosystem stability. Ecology. Vol: 93(8). Pages s223-s233.
Presentations Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M. 2007. Comparative methods. Comparative Methods, 16 April 2007, Harvard University, Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology.
Presentations Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M. 2007. Linking phylogenetic history, plant traits and environmental gradients in time and space. Ecology and Evolution seminar series, November 2007, UC Davis.
Presentations Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M. 2007. Linking plant traits and ecophylogenetics. NSF-Sponsored Research Coordination Network, December 2007. New York.
Presentations Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M. 2008. Linking phylogenetic history, plant traits and environmental gradients in time and space. NCEAS-UCSB seminar series, May 2008. Santa Barbara.
Presentations Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M. 2008. Linking phylogenetic history, plant traits and environmental gradients in time and space. Barbara McClintock Distinguished Lecture, 2008, Cornell University.
Journal Article Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M.; Kozak, Kenneth H.; Fine, Paul V. A.; Kembel, Steven W. 2009. The merging of community ecology and phylogenetic biology. Ecology Letters. Vol: 12. Pages 693-6715.
Journal Article Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M.; Ackerly, David D.; Kozak, Kenneth H. 2012. Introduction to the special issue on Integrating ecology and phylogenetics: The footprint of history in modern-day communities. Ecology. Vol: 93. Pages s1-s3. (Online version)
Journal Article Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M.; Reich, Peter B. 2012. Shocks to the system: Community assembly of the oak savanna in a 40-year fire frequency experiment. Ecology. Vol: 93. Pages s52-s69. (Online version)
Software Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M.; Lehman, Clarence L. EcoPhyl; C- based program, open source, for ecophylogenetic analysis of community data using relatedness of species, traits, and environmental gradients. (Online version)
Journal Article Davies, Kendi F.; Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M.; Deacon, Nicholas J. 2010. Native communities determine the identity of exotic invaders even at scales at which communities are unsaturated. Diversity and Distributions. Vol: 17(1). Pages 35-42. (Online version)
Journal Article Davies, T. Jonathan; Cooper, Natalie; Diniz-Filho, Alexandre F.; Thomas, Gavin H.; Meiri, Shai. 2012. Using phylogenetic trees to test for character displacement: A model and an example from a desert mammal community. Ecology. Vol: 93(8). Pages s44-s51. (Online version)
Journal Article Eaton, Deren A. R.; Fenster, Charles B.; Hereford, Joe; Huang, Shuang-Quan; Ree, Richard H. 2012. Floral diversity and community structure in Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae) . Ecology. Vol: 93(8). Pages s182-s194. (Online version)
Journal Article Emery, Nancy; Forrestel, Elisabeth; Jui, Ginger; Park, Michael; Baldwin, Bruce G; Ackerly, David D. 2012. Niche evolution across spatial scales: Climate and habitat specialization in California Lasthenia Asteraceae. Ecology . Vol: 93(8). Pages s151-s166.
Journal Article Graham, Catherine; Parra, Juan Luis; Tinoco, Boris A.; Stiles, F. Gary; McGuire, Jimmy A. 2012. Untangling the influence of ecological and evolutionary factors on trait variation across hummingbird assemblages. Ecology. Vol: 93(8). Pages s99-s111.
Journal Article Helmus, Matthew R.; Ives, Anthony R. 2012. Phylogenetic diversity-area curves. Ecology. Vol: 93. Pages s31-s43. (Online version)
Software Kembel, Steven W.; Ackerly, David D.; Blomberg, Simon; Cowan, Peter D.; Helmus, Matthew R.; Webb, Campbell O. 2008. Picante: Tools for integrating phylogenies and ecology, R package, version 0.4-0.
Journal Article Kembel, Steven W.; Cowan, Peter D.; Helmus, Matthew R.; Cornwell, William K.; Morlon, Helene; Ackerly, David D.; Blomberg, Simon; Webb, Campbell O. 2010. Picante: R tools for integrating phylogenies and ecology. Bioinformatics. Vol: 26 (11). Pages 1463-1464. (Online version)
Journal Article Knapp, Sonja; Dinsmore, Lucy; Fissore, Cinzia; Hobbie, Sarah E.; Jakobsdottir, Ina; Kattge, Jens; King, Jennifer; Klotz, Stefan; McFadden, Joseph P.; Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M. 2012. Phylogenetic and functional characteristics of household yard floras and their changes along an urbanization gradient. Ecology. Vol: 93. Pages s83-s98. (Online version)
Journal Article Kozak, Kenneth H.; Wiens, John. 2012. Phylogeny, ecology, and the origins of climate-richness relationships. Ecology. Vol: 93. Pages s167-s181. (Online version)
Journal Article Lamarre, Greg; Baraloto, Christopher; Fortunel, Claire; Dávila, Nallarett; Mesones, Italo; Ríos, Julio Grandez; Ríos, Marcos; Valderrama, Elvis; Pilco, Magno Vasquez; Fine, Paul V. A. 2012. Herbivory, growth rates, and habitat specialization in tropical tree lineages: Implications for Amazon beta-diversity. Ecology. Vol: 93. Pages s195-s210. (Online version)
Journal Article Norden, Natalia; Letcher, Susan G.; Boukilli, Vanessa; Swenson, Nathan G.; Chazdon, Robin L. 2012. Demographic drivers of successional changes in phylogenetic structure across life-history stages in plant communities. Ecology. Vol: 93(8). Pages s70-s82. (Online version)
Journal Article Peres-Neto, Pedro; Leibold, Mathew A.; Dray, Stéphane. 2012. Assessing the effects of spatial contingency and environmental filtering on metacommunity phylogenetics. Ecology. Vol: 93(8). Pages s14-s30. (Online version)
Software Ree, Richard H. Phylografter: Collaborative web-based software for phylogenetic tree assembly. (Online version)
Data Set Reeves, Rick. 2008. USA Bailey's Ecoregions polygon map and R script for grid sampling. (Online version)
Journal Article Savage, Jessica; Cavender-Bares, Jeannine M. 2012. Habitat specialization and the role of trait lability in structuring diverse willow family genus Salix communities. Ecology. Vol: 93. Pages s138-s150.
Journal Article Swenson, Nathan G.; Erickson, David L; Mi, Xiangcheng; Bourg, Norman A; Forero-Montana, Jimena; Ge, Xuejun; Howe, Robert; Lake, Jeffrey K.; Liu, Xiaojuan; Ma, Keping; Pei, Nancai; Thompson, Jill; Uriarte, Maria; Wolf, Amy; Wright, S. Joseph; Ye, Wanhu; Zhang, Jinlong; Zimmerman, Jess K.; Kress, John. 2012. Phylogenetic and functional alpha and beta diversity in temperate and tropical tree communities. Ecology. Vol: 93. Pages s112-s125. (Online version)
Journal Article Webb, Campbell O.; Ackerly, David D.; Kembel, Steven W. 2008. Phylocom: Software for the analysis of phylogenetic community structure and trait evolution. Bioinformatics. Vol: 24. Pages 2098-2100.
Software Webb, Campbell O.; Ackerly, David D.; Kembel, Steven W. 2008. Phylocom: Software for the analysis of phylogenetic community structure and trait evolution. Bioinformatics Applications Note. Vol: 18. Pages 2098-2100. (Online version)
Journal Article Whitfeld, Timothy J.; Novotny, Vojtech; Miller, Scott E; Hrcek, Jan; Klimes, Petr; Weiblen, George D. 2012. Predicting tropical insect herbivore abundance from host plant traits and phylogeny. Ecology. Vol: 93(8). Pages s211-s223.