Tim Harris

Tim Harris

Profile
Profile Display Name:
Tim Harris
E-mail Address:
timothy.harris.16@ucl.ac.uk
Start Year

2016 (Cohort 3)

Research interests:

Plant conservation

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PhD Project
PhD Title
A sampled approach to assessing the spatial distribution of plant species traits across the continent of Africa and their interpretation using remotely sensed variables
Research Theme
Biodiversity and Ecology
Primary Supervisor

Mark Mulligan

Primary Institution
KCL
Secondary Supervisor

Neil Brummitt

Secondary Institution
NHM
Abstract

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.

Policy Impact
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Publications
None

Activities
Internship(s)
Defra, supervised by Jo Foreman and Liz Tucker. January 8, 2018 – April 8, 2018.

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