College of Biological Sciences
Functional traits link the evolutionary history of organisms, their assembly into communities, and the nature and dynamic functioning of ecosystems. They thus integrate the genetic architecture of life, past and present, with its ecosystem and biospheric consequences. These researchers are linking spectral reflectance data (400-2,300 nm) of plants at multiple scales to their functional traits in an evolutionary context. Their goal is to develop better methods for remotely sensing many dimensions of plant biodiversity, including functional, genotypic and phylogenetic measures of diversity.