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Plant Range Dynamics and Global Changes

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  • Schedule: Spring Semester 2019-2020, 1.0h. course (weekly average)
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The main objective of this class is to understand the mechanisms that drive the geographiical limits of of plant species and then to understand at which scales these mechanisms act . Ultimately , the impacts of global change on species distributions will be discussed as well as their cascading effects on ecosystems .


- Empirical vs. mechanistic relationships between range limits of plant species and the environment: from correlations to understanding of processes

- Limitations and regulations at the trailing and leading edges of plant species distribution

- Evolutionary consequences of range dynamics

- Relative contribution of Quaternary climate oscillations and land use in shaping the geographic limits of plant species

- Range dynamics under global change: from species to ecosystems


Klein T., Randin C., Körner C., Water availability predicts forest canopy height at the global scale. Ecology Letters 18(12), pp. 1311-1320, 2015.

Randin, C.F., Paulsen, J., Vitasse, Y., Kollas, C., Wohlgemuth, T., Zimmermann, N.E. & Koerner, C. (2013) Do the elevational limits of deciduous tree species match their thermal latitudinal limits? Global Ecology and Biogeography, 22, 913-923.

Patsiou, T.S., Conti, E., Theodoridis, S., Zimmerman, N.E. & Randin, C.F. (2014) Topo-climatic microrefugia explain the persistence of a rare endemic plant in the Alps during the last 21 millennia. Global Change Biology, 20, 2286–2300.

Vicente, J., Randin, C.F., Goncalves, J., Metzger, M.J., Lomba, A., Honrado, J. & Guisan, A. (2011) Where will conflicts between alien and rare species occur after climate and land-use change? A test with a novel combined modelling approach. Biological Invasions, 13, 1209-1227.


Basic knowledge in geography and plant ecology.

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A broad question that should be adressed in 15 minutes after a 15-min preparation.

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