Anatomy of a biodiversity hotspot: investigating the evolutionary and ecological basis of high plant diversity in southwestern Australia

  • Cardillo, Marcel (PI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    The concentration of much of the world's biodiversity within relatively few hotspots is one of the most intriguing unexplained problems in ecology and evolution. I will investigate in detail the processes responsible for the remarkable plant diversity of Australia s hotspot, the Southwest Botanical Province. I will apply innovative approaches using molecular phylogenies (evolutionary trees) of major plant groups such as Banksia to integrate evolutionary and ecological explanations for high plant diversity. In so doing I will provide a new phylogenetic framework and new analytical tools for investigating the origin and maintenance of high biodiversity in southwestern Australia and other hotspots.
    Effective start/end date1/06/0831/05/13


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$710,571.00


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