Zac MacDonald: Ecological and evolutionary mechanisms structuring diversity in space and time
The sum of all biotic variation cannot be captured by any single measure, and a plethora of theories and indices attempt to characterize and combine its multiple facets. Much of Zac MacDonald’s research addresses three related questions in conservation biology: 1) what is biodiversity and how is it best measured? 2) how do environmental conditions, habitat fragmentation, and habitat loss affect emergent patterns of species diversity? and 3) how do these same factors relate to genomic diversity within single species? In this seminar, Zac focuses on a series of studies addressing mechanisms that structure patterns of butterfly and vascular plant diversity in space and time.