Functional Biogeography of Forests, TCBES Research Series - Event Details

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Functional Biogeography of Forests, TCBES Research Series

Location: Online

Seminar topic: Unlocking the Functional Biogeography of Forests: Lessons Learned From Spectranomics

Speaker: Roberta (Robin) Martin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Arizona State University, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Abstract:Biological diversity is under threat from human activities and a rapidly changing climate; yet, we lack critically important information at spatial scales commensurate with much needed management and conservation action. There is an urgent need for better quantification and monitoring of biodiversity and its relationship to ecosystem function at multiple scales. Remote sensing and trait-based ecological approaches are huge steps forward but how do we bridge the gap between coarse measurements of plant function derived from satellites and detailed measurements from field plots to understand forest function in a spatially explicit manner? My answer is through a combination of foliar chemical traits, spectroscopy, and phylogenetic information that comprise what we call Spectranomics. The Spectranomics approach was developed to link plant canopy functional traits to their spectral properties with the objective of providing time-varying, scalable methods for remote sensing of forest biodiversity. In this talk, I will explain key components of Spectranomics and highlight how this approach allows us to elicit biogeographical patterns of forest biodiversity that will help us understand its role in ecosystem function particularly in the face of environmental and anthropogenic change.

For more information, contact: uhhtcbes@hawaii.edu (808) 932-7573

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Tags: TCBES Robin Martin Functional Biogeography Forests Research Spectranomics

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