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Molecular Ecology and Evolution

Gaynor, Michelle [1], Laport, Robert [2], Ng, Julienne [3].

Identifying the Factors Influencing Plant Communities Across the United States Using A Phylogenetic Framework.

The structure of communities – the species that are present and their respective attributes – are the result of a number of processes acting at varying spatial and temporal scales. The field of community ecology, however, has largely ignored the influence of historical processes in community assembly and has instead focused on whether present-day patterns can be explained by ecological processes, such as environmental filtering and competitive exclusion. We used a phylogenetic framework to test the importance of historical and ecological factors in influencing plant communities across the United States. Our results show that using a dynamic modeling approach can help identify the factors influencing plant communities.

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1 - University of Central Florida, Department of Biology , Biological Sciences Bldg., 4110 Libra Drive,, Orlando, Fl, 32816, United States
2 - University of Colorado-Boulder, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Campus Box 334, Boulder, CO, 80309, USA
3 - University of Colorado Boulder, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Campus Box 334, Boulder, CO, 80309, USA

Phylogenetics .

Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P, Molecular Ecology & Evolution Posters
Location: Exhibit Hall/Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM This poster will be presented at 5:30 pm. The Poster Session runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Posters with odd poster numbers are presented at 5:30 pm, and posters with even poster numbers are presented at 6:15 pm.
Number: PML001
Abstract ID:255
Candidate for Awards:Genetics Section Poster Award

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