UPE Seminar | Rachel Germain, University of British Columbia | Matters of scale in the ecology and evolution of biodiversity


Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology.



My lab is anchored by coexistence theories (both old and new), which we use to understand how ecological processes interact across scales, and then, how our ecological insights can be applied to better understand evolution (e.g., rescue, speciation, character displacement, etc.). My talk will be divided between two themes: how ecological processes interact across scales to shape species persistence and biodiversity patterns, and how evolutionary processes vary spatially, as well as how they scale up from individuals to populations to species within diverse natural communities. Our work is rooted in serpentine grasslands of Northern California, a biodiversity hotspot with a predominance of annual plant species and abrupt environmental transitions.


Renata Poulton Kamakura