The biogeography of plant communities
Plant species co-occur in natural habitats because of multiple factors addressed by the community assembly theory, but conducting empirical research in this topic is a big challenge. Using observational data stored in large datasets, I study the spatial variation of plant communities and the influence of environmental, spatial and historical factors on diversity patterns and processes, mostly in mountain regions.
- History and environment shape species pools and community diversity in European beech forests (Nature Ecol Evol)
- Global trait-environment relationships of plant communities (Nature Ecol Evol)
- Biogeographic deconstruction of alpine plant communities along altitudinal and topographic gradient (J Veg Sci)
Plant regeneration niche and habitat conservation
Plants traits provide a useful approach in community assembly and restoration ecology. In particular, seed traits offer a physiological view to understand the regeneration of plants and communities. In collaboration with an international team, I investigate the role of seed traits for understanding plant diversity. I also use seed traits to design conservation actions of endangered habitats and agroecosystems.
Large-scale vegetation mapping
Mapping vegetation and habitat types is an essential tool for conservation biogeography. Large-scale maps are also important for understanding past and future vegetation patterns and for assessing the conservation status of IUCN ecosystems. I develop new approaches for modelling and mapping vegetation in large regions using field surveys, remote sensing and ecoinformatic tools.
- Modelling the distribution and compositional variation of plant communities at the continental scale (Divers & Distrib)
- Modelling the area of occupancy of habitat types with remote sensing (Methods Ecol Evol)
- Palaeodistribution modelling of European vegetation types at the Last Glacial Maximum using modern analogues from Siberia (Quat Sci Rev)