Professor Jeannine Cavender-Bares

CBS Ecology, Evolution & Behav
College of Biological Sciences
Twin Cities
Project Title: 
Linking Remotely Sensed Optical Diversity to Genetic, Phylogenetic, and Functional Diversity

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.

Project Investigators

Professor Jeannine Cavender-Bares
Shan Kothari
Cathleen Lapadat
Jesus Pinto Ledezma
Gerard Sapes
Lucy Schroeder
Jen Teshera-Levye
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