Tim Harris
Biodiversity and Ecology
Plant conservation
PhD Research

A sampled approach to assessing the spatial distribution of plant species traits across the continent of Africa and their interpretation using remotely sensed variables

Assessing changes in biodiversity in a timely manner is a huge challenge. This PhD project aims to identify aspects of functional diversity that correlate with remotely sensed variables. Using a random sample of plant species across the continent of Africa, three aspects of plant diversity will be investigated: species diversity, functional diversity and phylogenetic diversity. Research into plant functional traits will build on several strands of current research including identifying plant traits associated with rarity and using the major axes of plant functional diversity that define plant form to show where in this multidimensional ‘trait space’ rare species are found. This research is done with the aim of informing the process of choosing Essential Biodiversity Variables applicable to plants and supporting the process of incorporating plant traits into conservation assessments.
Mark Mulligan
Neil Brummitt
Applied Environmental Economics
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Biological Sciences
University of Oxford
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Fungarium Collections Assistant
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Administrator to Director of Science
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Harris, T.
Kew Bulletin
Harris, T., Darbyshire, I. & Polhill, R.
Kew Bulletin
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