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

Principal Investigators:

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

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... more

Participants and Meetings

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

Participant Contact Information

Jeremy Beaulieujeremy.beaulieu@yale.eduYale University
J. Gordon Burleighjgb12@duke.eduNational Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
Marc W. Cadottemcadotte@utsc.utoronto.caUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Jeannine M. Cavender-Barescavender@umn.eduSmithsonian Environmental Research Center
T. Jonathan Daviesj.davies@mcgill.caUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Steven Declercksteven.declerck@bio.kuleuven.beKatholieke Universiteit Leuven
Michael J. Donoghuemichael.donoghue@yale.eduYale University
Steven W. Kembelskembel@uoregon.eduUniversity of California, Berkeley
Clarence L. Lehmanlehman@lter.umn.eduUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Michelle McMahonmcmahonm@ag.arizona.eduUniversity of Arizona
Todd H. Oakleyoakley@lifesci.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Richard H. Reerree@fieldmuseum.orgField Museum of Natural History
George D. Weiblengweiblen@umn.eduUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities
David D. Ackerlydackerly@berkeley.eduUniversity of California, Berkeley
Cecile M. Aneane@stat.wisc.eduUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Nicholas J. Deacondeac0004@umn.eduUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Erika J. Edwardserika_edwards@brown.eduBrown University
Paul V. A. Finepaulfine@berkeley.eduUniversity of California, Berkeley
Matthew R. Helmusmrhelmus@wisc.eduUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Robert D. Holtrdholt@ufl.eduUniversity of Florida
Jeremy W. Lichsteinjlichstein@ufl.eduPrinceton University
Patrick R. Stephensprsteph@uga.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Cathy Collinsccollins@ku.eduUniversity of Kansas
Kendi F. Davieskendi.davies@colorado.eduUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Dawn Kaufmandkaufman@ksu.eduClaremont Colleges
Peter Wraggwragg@umn.eduUniversity of Minnesota

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

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.
"Linking phylogenetic history, plant traits, and ecological processes at multiple scales" is project ID: 12069